Gilt Oval Mirror Frame with Composition Ornament, Treated 2023

Conservation was completed for a private client. The treatments included surface cleaning, and consolidation, replacing lost ornament and gilding and toning it to match the surrounding decorative scheme. Where the missing ornament was unknown, historical research was carried out and the missing elements were modelled sympathetically to the surrounding fabric. Finally, the mirror was secured back into the frame.

While examining the object, it became apparent that this frame had been subject to at least three decorative schemes during its history. The first, and earliest of which consisted of no decorative elements, with later regilding and embellishment of ornament.

Front, Before and After Treatment
Reverse, Before and After Treatment
During Treatment: Gilding, Distressing and Toning of Reinstated Ornament
Front, Before and After Treatment