French Empire Picture Frame
Reproduction of a French Empire Picture Frame gilt on wood. This early 19th-century model is available for any particular painting size. Therefore, you can fit it with any painting.
French Empire frame properties
This reproduction of French Empire picture frame is made with ayous and tulipwood combined together. We use ayous for the front side and tulipwood for the backside of the frame. As a result, we obtain the maximum strength with the minimum weight.
You can customize the rabbet width as you prefer. For instance, if you need to cover a bigger part of the painting you can ask to enlarge it. The rabbet depth instead, depends on the thickness of the painting. In most of our models, it is something between 1.5 to 4 cm. Sometimes even deeper due to structural reasons or under request.
Section width cm 10
Rabbet cm 1
French Empire frame decorations
Decorations are in wood pulp. We carve them when they’re dry, realizing the shape form of a typical Victorian frame. The use of wood pulp, which is 99% composed of wood and 1% of solvent, gives us the chance to contain the price at a very low level. The entire process is handmade, and you can watch a video related to it by following this link to our Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/fTQHIH9dRC8
Patina (aging process)
“Patina” is an Italian word that refers to how dark and old look to be the frame. Apart from dark gold, the age of a frame is determined by a few cracks and tiny broken parts all around the sides. For this purpose, our gilder hits its surfaces with some stones.
The wormholes are also simulated, and you will be able to notice them by analyzing deeply the pictures above. The presence of wormholes does not indicate activity within or a recent flight of beetles. Remember that they were faked by us to specifically age this French Empire frame reproduction.
Videos related to the aging process
Explanation of the aging process
Distressing the gold surface
Rub off the gilding
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