The classical ground.

To achieve highest quality in the manufacture of picture frames, the finishing of surfaces, for example with gold leaf, requires classical priming in the best sense of the term. Nothing is better suited for this than a proven natural product: Poliment clay by Selhamin.

On this basis, a frame made in many steps can fully develop its character. For a picture frame, as well as an artistically finished candlestick or a valuable Rococo chair, will only find character and perfection through an artistic tinge and patining of its surface.

Full of character - skilfully gilded

In the poliment gilding technique, superfine gold leaf is attached to a poliment base consisting mainly of clay. Under this lie several layers of chalk, bound together with leather glue. 

A gilded surface owes its character to the natural colour of the gold leaf, the colour of the poliment and the tone and patina produced as the surface is treated. There are thus many varieties of poliment-gilded surface.

 

"A picture must have a gold frame; and if the painting is good, you will see how it is much more valuable than gold."
(Henri Matisse)

Artistic tones

Poliment silvering is carried out using the same base as poliment gilding. Silver leaf is traditionally applied to a base of black poliment, although there is now also a tendency to experiment with poliment of other colours.

The colour of the poliment then shines through the lightly worn metal top layer, creating a series of fascinating effects. 

Poliment silvering and poliment gilding with white gold are nowadays regarded as key parts of the contemporary designer's palette. The tone of white gold creates a warmer effect, in comparison to the coolness of silver.

 

Completion in detail

The expert and conscientious restoration of valuable historical examples of the artist's craft tests to the full the skills, knowledge and experience of the restorer, especially when such restoration and conservation work involves the gilding and silvering of picture frames, candelabra, furniture and items of interior décor.

Tasks such as these can only be entrusted to top-class gilders who have undergone additional training in the art of restoration. Owners of especially valuable items are always recommended to have them restored by a truly expert craftsman.