GILDING METAL CLOCK CASES & FIGURINES
1. FULL CASE RESTORATION.
This magnificent French clock, c.1890, once gilded all over, had been cleaned to the point where all the gilt had been abraded away leaving traces in hidden places only.
The solid brass case is a design registered in England in 1890, with registration no. 162992 .
The beautiful floral porcelain panels carry a maker’s mark for
Taylor, Tunnicliffe & Co. of Stoke on Trent, England.
The case was completely dismantled, cleaned then gilded with 23 ct. gold leaf, followed by a coat of Rich Gold clear lacquer.
Cést magnifique, non ?
2. ANOTHER FULL CASE RESTORATION
This French ormolu cased clock was found in a severely dilapidated state having been exposed to the corrosive ocean environment for many years.
The case was originally gilt over spelter however the years of neglect had caused the underlying spelter to oxidize and corrode resulting in the loss of the gilding. The case ornamentation was broken in several places. These had to be repaired before any surface restoration could begin. The central Sevres porcelain panel had been broken in the centre and this was also repaired.
A full restoration was required for the case utilizing 23 carat gold.
The original dilapidated base was stripped and re-gilded , then new blood red velvet was applied.
Restored to its former glory.
2. FRENCH CLOCK FIGURINE GILDING.
This figurine had lost most of the original gilding so a light abrasive grit-blast was followed by a red oxide metal primer, a gold undercoat then, double layer gilding with 23 carat gold leaf. A final coat of Pale Gold Lacquer finished the process to yield a rich old gold appearance.