This gilt frame used to display an antique hand fan had a broken bottom, from when it fell of the wall.
To repair it, I first removed the glass, and velvet lining. Then glued the broken section, and small pieces that the client had saved. The damaged area was then sanded flush and re-gilt.
On this frame, the best way to blend in the new gilding was to re-gild the whole bottom. This was done with genuine gold leaf which was then glazed to match the rest of the frame.
The loosely attached hand fan was secured to the back with thin brass wire, and the glass and velvet was cleaned.
Once re-assembled, and just before installing the screws on the back, I turned the frame over to make sure all looked good. But the red velvet showed every speck of dust, so everything had to be taken apart to clean it again.
Once satisfied, the back was screwed on.
A new wire was also installed so the case could be hung on the wall.
This gilt display case was repaired for a Salisbury CT client.