Date completed : 30 October 2019 Duration : 12 Months
Mike Howden

The 17th century portrait of John Cosin required a period frame as part of the Auckland Project.  Using an over-lay tracing from the portrait I hand-made an oval frame with the ideal aperture shape out of English Lime and carved the period-suitable leaf pattern based on examples of other frames from the period.  The carved surface was finished following traditional water gilding techniques with a white gold leaf to recreate a silver finish (without the tarnishing issues associated with silver leaf). The gilding was toned down to be more age suitable using watercolours.  I added a softwood backing frame of suitable depth and rebate size to allow for conservation standard fittings and spacers.

Produce replica frame for 17th century oval portrait
Produce replica frame for 17th century oval portrait

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