A parcel gilt cane chair

Received in a rather dirty and dilapidated condition. The cane work has perished and is very fragile:

Little remains of the gilding.

Little remains of the gilding.

The painted surface is very dirty and beneath this the original colour was found to be yellow/ mustard.  The entire frame was stripped of old paint, and gesso:

 

The newly stripped frame.

The newly stripped frame.

A new coat of gesso was built up in layers and sanded smooth and  gilders clay (‘Bole’) added to the areas to be gilded:

The frame with new Gesso and Bole substrate.

The frame with new Gesso and Bole substrate.

A different paint colour was chosen by the client. The frame was then water-Gilded:

The painted and gilded frame.

The painted and gilded frame.

The chair was then re-caned. The arms have a double skin of cane, one on the inside and one on the outside.

The chair after caning.

The chair after caning.

The cane can be artificially coloured but it was decided to leave  it in its natural state. This will gradually darken to a straw colour under to the action of sunlight.

Finally the horse hair stuffed seat squab was restored and a new cover made:

The finished chair.

The finished chair.

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