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Early American Restored Frame
Early American Frame, Restored

Gilded American oval frame before photo
Before Restoration

gessoing balls ornaments
Gesso applied to ornaments during restoration

Each gilded object is cared for with a conservational approach whereby all attempts are made to retain an original finish whenever possible. When restoration is required due to missing ornamentation, delaminated gilded surfaces, or sectional detachment, re-gilding of surrounding areas are toned and blended to match the existing gilding as closely as possible.
Although total re-gilding of such items as frames and furniture may sometimes be an option it is often discouraged as it can affect the overall value of the object and impact historical preservation. The ultimate decision in such instances, however, resides with the owner of the piece.
Restoration services include:
  • Consolidation of delaminating gilded gesso surfaces
  • Mould casting of missing ornaments
  • Re-gilding when required
  • Re-attachment of broken sections

To discuss the restoration or your frame, furniture, or other object contact Charles Douglas Gilding Studio at (206) 795-8376 or at the email address listed below.



Restored French Frame in 22.9k French Gold leaf
Restored Frame in 22.9k French Gold Leaf

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Gasworks Gallery Building
3815 4th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(Corner of  4th and N. Northlake Way
across from Ivar's on the
northern end of Lake Union)
Phone: (206) 795-8376