Friday, July 22, 2011

290 Swedish painted gilded trumeau mirror with antique finish and antiqued mirror

Here is a mirror that is supposed to have an 18th century Swedish appearance.  It has several layers of grey casein paint, and a nice dirty white in between the gilded moldings.  Press this link for pricing and availability.  
It is a newly built mirror frame of solid poplar and oak, with a newly produced mirror that has been aged chemically to look like an antique.  

Showing close view - the piece was to look aged and worn and just a little bit dirty.  

If you look closely you can see a few crackles, and what appears to be a loose joint.  The joint is actually tight but we have made a surface gap so that it looks as if it has dried out and opened up over the years.  

I love to study real antique mirror, and my technique leaves the end product looking much more mysterious and authentic than many examples I've seen on the market. 

A three piece, hand made crown adds some heft to the top, and this was given an eroded look as well as many "worm" holes.  

A close look will show the subtle differences in color of the several layers of paint, as well as the chalking and yellowing that may be expected on an old piece and which gives the color some softness and complexity.  Press this link for pricing and availability.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

443 Dual pedestal goblet base table with aged ivory paint

Here is a dual pedestal table that went to Wisconsin.  The finish was meant to look very aged and yellowed, particularly at the base, and was to have multiple layers of casein paint (of which, very little remained on the top).  

Showing details of the foot plate, at the floor -- paint was supposed to look very worn and heavily distressed, with lots of yellowing.  
Showing details near the base of the column.  

Shows pedestal detail at top. 

Top texture and color

Another look at the table against a dark background. 

More details on base.

This picture shows the joints between the top boards at the edge, and splines which hold them in place.  

Top details.  

Top finish, showing erosion of the grain and different layers of paint. 

"Worm" damage to the top, crackling paint.  

This shows how the trestle arms hold the top.  These are sliding dovetails which allow the top to expand and contract across the grain with the seasons, as all wood will do.