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Cod. 081

Vintage gold frame reproduction in Barbizon style gilt on wood. It’s a late 19th-century North Italian style frame with acanthus decorations all along its sides

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Vintage gold frame

This vintage gold frame reproduction gilt on wood has a quite typical design of Barbizon style frames. These kinds of models had a great fortune all over West Europe for several decades. Specifically, this model was copied from an original North Italy antique frame from the late 1800s. They have been produced in the 20th century for different kinds of paintings. Therefore, it is useful for portraits, landscapes, or still life as well. 

Vintage gold frame properties 

This vintage gold frame 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 9
Rabbet cm 1

Vintage gold frame decorations

Decorations are in wood pulp. We carve them when they’re dry, realizing the shape form of a vintage gold frame in Barbizon style. 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:

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 picture 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.

See below a video showing all the steps of the Patina.

More videos related to the aging process 

Explanation of the aging process
Distressing the gold surface
Rub off the gilding
Dark shellac
Applying shellac
Final result


See below for models of vintage gold picture frame reproductions with similar decorations and structure but at a lower price.

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