Sunday, 14 February 2016
The title's a bit of a mouthful but this ever popular frame is ideal for early prints and engravings. Although by appearance quite a simple frame, the actual profile is quite complex. To make it, a compo ornament is glued onto a slip moulding, edged with sand and then gessoed over.
This rather mucky looking assembly is then oil gilded over a yellow base and then held inside a black gothic moulding.
These frames require a significant degree of "distressing" and colouring to replicate their current found appearance. The greatest challenge is to tone down the gold without losing the quiet quality of antique gilding.