Federici Workshop was founded in 1905 and since then we specialize in Gold Leaf picture Frames. During the 20th century in Europe develops the craftsmanship of reproducing authentic frames for old master paintings. Why did that happen? Because during the two world wars a lot of authentic frames gone lost. Follow this link if you want to know more about that topic: antique picture frames.
The discipline was born with great care about ancient techniques because the reproductions frames have to look exactly like the originals. So in many workshops, you would find Master Carvers and Master Gilders work together to build frames with the same quality of the originals. The techniques used didn’t differ at all from the one used by ancient masters.
Carvers would carve on Swiss pine beautiful and very complex ornates by hand. Gilders would use rabbit glue, gesso and bole to prepare the wood surfaces of the gold leaf picture frames to be gilded. Before applying the thin sheet of gold leaves, in fact, there is a long work of preparation. Any surface and carving have to appear perfectly smooth. See this video to know more about the gold leaf gilding process.
Ancient techniques are indubitable extraordinary. Old masters used them with great care and the result it’s been astonishing, as old picture frames arrived to us pretty much intact. However, they’ve got a big problem nowadays: the huge amount of time necessary to be realized.
A medium-sized frame with an internal sight of 50 x 60 cm would need nearly hundreds of hours of manual work to be realized. The final result would be astonishing but the price would be extraordinarily expensive. Depending on the country of production it could change a lot. Here in Italy, craftsmanship like that costs about 40 Euro per hour. In some other third world countries it could be less.
With that said we want now to talk about the solution to this problem. We solve it creating a system that allows us to realize astonishing gold leaf picture frames for a much lower price. How? With the use of wood pulp for carving and the use of a mixture of glue for gold leaf gilding.
Our mission since the last three decades is to realize unique reproductions of gold leaf picture frames at a very reasonable price. We are aware of the global economic crisis and as we want to reach more than just exclusive clients we passed the last thirty years studying carefully new methods to produce frames at a lower cost.
What is really nice about this process is that we accomplish our goals. Nowadays we have a collection of almost 150 reproduction frames that clients from all over the world can buy for several reasons. They can frame an old master painting, as museums do, or they can frame minor paintings and obtain at the end a very good product.
REMEMBER THAT ALL THE PRICES OBTAINED ON OUR CALCULATOR ARE FOR DUTCH GOLD LEAF! TO HAVE A GENUINE GOLD LEAF GILDING YOU MUST SEND AN EMAIL AND ASK FOR THE DUE PRICE!
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