Empire Console Table Gilding #1: Cleaning the plaster

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 05-25-2013 06:07 PM 1648 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Couple months ago Patrick acquired a console table which gilding rather than being repaired was plastered over.

The first thing I tried was to clean the plaster to save the original surface

The back feet were easy to clean as the plaster was water based and the decoration was oil based stencil

We tried to take of the plaster with tools without damaging the glod, the plaster being water base and the gold also, water gilding.

We discover the lower part was verdigris, as they say here for “vert de gris” the color of oxidized bronze or copper.

But it appeared the under surface was to damaged, I will have to remove everything to the gesso, whiting. Damn the plaster guy

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 04:16 AM


We don’t quite understand why someone would plaster over that. Was it a fad to do many, many years ago . . . sort of like the ugly “antiquing” that was done over beautiful furniture back in the 1960s?

We’re certain the table will be back to “gorgeous” once you’re done with it.


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#2 posted 06-06-2013 01:37 PM

Very interesting restoration techiniques!

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