This small gilt frame is used to display an antique hand fan. It was brought in for repair because the bottom was broken and split.
To repair the frame I first had to remove the glass and velvet lining. Then the broken section and the small pieces the client saved were glued back together. One missing piece was fitted with new, and the damaged area was then sanded flush and re-gilt.
On this frame, the best way to blend the new gilding with old was to re-gild the whole bottom. This was done with genuine gold leaf which was then glazed and touched up to match the rest of the frame.
To finish up this project I just had to re-assemble all the parts. But this took longer than expected.
I noticed the hand fan was loosely attached to the back and needed to be secured. This I was able to do by tying it down with thin brass wire. Also, both sides of the glass and the red velvet had to be cleaned.
Once assembled, and just before installing the screws on the back, I turned the frame over to make sure everything looked good. The red velvet showed every speck of dust, so I found myself taking everything apart a couple of times to clean it.
When it finally looked good the screws were installed in the back and a new wire was attached so the frame could be hung.
This gilt frame was repaired for a Salisbury CT client.