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Cod. 082

Reproduction of a Large Antique Frame gilt on wood. It’s a typical early 18th-century Roman-style frame. Suitable for big paintings

Width cm 12

Large Antique Frame

Reproduction of a Large Antique Frame gilt on wood. This 18th-century model is specifically a Roman-style frame known as Salvator Rosa Frame.

Properties of  the large antique frame

This Large Antique Frame is made of ayous and tulipwood. We combine together the two different kinds of wood to strengthen its structure. Tulipwood is the hardwood that fixed on the back gives the frame solidity. Ayous, instead is the softwood, the one that gives the frame lightness.

Section width cm 12
Rabbet cm 1

Large Antique Frame Decorations

The carving of this large antique frame is handmade. We use the carved wood pulp for the decorations. Watch a video of the procedure of carving wood pulp 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

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