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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.


Carving in progress with detailing being laid out.


Carving almost finished.


Finished carving with gesso applied.

IMG_0848Red clay bole applied…ready for gold.


Gold leaf being applied.



Completed cartouche mounted on the looking glass.

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Empire picture frame for needlework. This frame was terribly dirty and many of the decorative balls had been coated with metallic paint that had corroded. Patches of gilding had been worn from the cove. I cleaned everything, removed added paint and regilded where necessary.