Frames and gilded surfaces conservation treatments

Our frame conservation team's skills include replicating missing decorative elements, cleaning, gilding, and toning frame surfaces, to restore damaged frames or degraded surfaces.

Treatment stages

These images showcase some of the frame treatments undertaken at CCMC.

Figure 1

Detail of 19th century decorative frame, before treatment, with missing corner element and extensive abrasion to the gilt surface.

Figure 2

Detail of 19th century frame, during treatment, with replacement of missing ornament and toning of abraded surface with metallic paints.

Figure 3

Detail of 19th century frame, during treatment, with replacement of missing ornament and toning of abraded surface with metallic paints.

Figure 4

Detail of frame, before treatment, with damage to the surface finish and discolouration of paint layer.

Figure 5

Detail of frame, before treatment, with damage to the surface finish and discolouration of paint layer.

Figure 6

Detail of frame, after treatment, with restoration of the surface finish and application of new painted finish.

Figure 7

Detail of frame ornament, before treatment.

Figure 8

Detail of frame ornament, during treatment.

Figure 9

Detail of frame ornament, after treatment.

Figure 10

Detail of decorative frame, before treatment, with missing ornaments and discoloured surface finish.

Figure 11

Detail of frame, during treatment, with replacement moulds of ornaments reapplied.

Figure 12

Detail of frame, after treatment