Carved and Gilded Cartouche

Gilded cartouche

This cartouche, including the shell, had been lost from the early 18th century English looking glass. I carved and gilded the recreation based on research into a related group of looking glasses.

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Carving in progress with detailing being laid out.

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Carving almost finished.

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Finished carving with gesso applied.

IMG_0848Red clay bole applied…ready for gold.

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Gold leaf being applied.

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Completed cartouche mounted on the looking glass.

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