Gilt Gesso and Wood Frame

19th or 20th Century

Condition:

There was a layer of dust and grime covering the surface of the frame.  Many of the gilt gesso ornaments were loose and many were lost.

Treatment:

The frame was cleaned using dry cleaning methods, followed by a cleaning with an appropriate solution.  The loose areas were consolidated.  The losses were filled with new plaster casts from a custom made silicone mold.  The new areas were gilt and toned to match the original details of the frame.