Loss Compensation: During and After

After cleaning, the long task of compensating for pre-existing flake losses began. Where the losses extended completely down to the wood a traditional gesso mixture was used to fill the losses. Where damage to the gilding exposed large portions of the underlying original preparation layer, a special gold paint was made from gold leaf and lightly applied as a thin layer. Additional techniques, such as casting pieces for missing ornament and inscribing simulated cracks, were used to visually integrate the losses with the original surface. The aim was not to make the frames look new, but rather to stabilize the surface, preserve what remained of the original, and treat obvious areas of damage in a manner that appears consistent with the original.

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