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Picture, mirror frames and gilded objects are often more complex than they may first appear and are constructed from a wide variety of materials.
Picture and mirror frames can be carved, constructed from moulds, Hollow paper-mâché and plaster. The materials and techniques of the applied finish vary enormously from gold leaf to paint and varnish finishes, understanding the construction of the frame and the applied layers is a multidisciplinary skill in both terms of research and practical conservation and restoration work. Each frame is a unique piece of art in its own right and is conserved and restored with this in mind.
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