Convex regency qilt mirror

Applying gold leaf

Mirror restored

Damaged George III gilt mirror

Detail of restored George III gilt mirror

New gold leaf applied before ageing

Mirrors and Frames

The appearance of cracks in the gilded finish is a common symptom of ageing and not normally a cause for concern. If however the gold and gesso layer is lifting, loose, or falling flakes appear, this may indicate that the gilding layers are delaminating from the substrate. Cracks in the applied composition ornament are also a common symptom of age-related shrinkage, but be aware that this could lead eventually to detachment of the ornament.

At Cotswolds Restoration Services, we are able to provide the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to repair gesso,mouldings and gilded finishes.