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.

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