Antique Florentine frame
Reproduction of an antique Florentine frame gilt and lacquered on wood. This 16th-century Cassetta frame is available for any particular painting size. Therefore, you can fit it with any painting.
Antique Florentine frame properties
This reproduction 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 6
Rabbet cm 1
Antique Florentine frame decorations
The corner gold-painted decorations of this frame are handmade. The lacquering of the central flat surface is customizable by using any color. Therefore, you can specify your favorite color by mailing us a photo. You can watch a related video showing the lacquering process by clicking the link: https://youtu.be/eBc9EYy4HHU
Patina (aging process)
“Patina” is an Italian word that refers to the tone of the final gilding of the frame. Making an astonishing Patina is one of the major skills of the gilder in order to make seem this reproduction of a Renaissance Florentine frame an original one. In other words, it concerns the process of aging the gold finishing, trying to distress as much as possible the reproduction frame without exaggerating too much.
To complete the procedure, gilders use some different kinds of stones to hit the frame, creating some fake tiny broken parts all around the sides. Besides, gilders create fake wormholes to age the gilding and you will be able to see them analyzing deeply the picture detail attached above.
Another important part of the patina is gently rubbing off the gold surface with steel wool, trying to make the typical antique abrasions that you see in antique picture frames. In conclusion, any damaged little part of the frame is just a part of a bigger plan to age this typical Renaissance Florentine 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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