Gilt leather

  • • Altar frontal (antependium),
  • • cushions, tablecloth,
  • • upholstery, screens,
  • • tapestries and wall-hangings

Unless very much in favor during the 16th and the 18th century, gilt leather was rarely studied and considered until now.



Expertise

The way it was made is more complicated than it looks. The leather is not only painted, it is also covered with silver. Only a specialist can estimate and explain the degradation encountered. The last and most improved conservation techniques should be applied.


Techniques

When dirt, loose seams, tears and other deformations are present, it is possible to act with reversible and respectful methods. Innovating hanging spring systems are also proposed to re-install the decors. Transportation, removal and reinstallation are included in the offers.


Documentation

Objects are systematically photographed before, during and after conservation. Each object is returned with a complete documentation explaining in detail the techniques employed and the materials used.