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french church triptych

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

Once in a while a challenge walks in the door. This frame, while not large in size, was larger than life in complexity. Take a look at some of the steps taken to create this spectacular triptych.


The raw frame


From the initial conversations to installation in the chapel, over 300 pieces and over 6 months went into the creation of this one of a kind frame.



















the scalloped liners

One of the nice details on this frame was the use of scalloped liners around each painting.





Punch work on the gesso

We used leather working tools and a hammer to create some decorative patterns on the flat surfaces of the frame. By softening the gesso with a damp sponge the surface would not crack.



Gilding the main frame


The many sides, angles and details of this frame presented some challenges for our gilder.






Punch work after gilding


Notice the subtle patterns that are highlighted in the gilded surface.







the decorative details

Many of the smaller parts were prepped and gilded separately and attached to the frame later. Shown here are the 4 capitals for the columns and some of the fleur-de- lis that can be seen on the top of the frame.













the carved oak leaf pattern


A local woodcarver was utilized to carve various parts of the frame. Here is a view of the oak leaf pattern that was carved for the top of the frame.





The finished frame ready for installation



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