Frame conservation

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Frame conservation is the preservation of picture frames. This involves replicating missing decorative elements, cleaning, gilding, and toning frame surfaces.[1]


Picture of a gilded frame ready to be burnished with an agate tool

Gilding, in the context of frame preservation, describes the process by which metal leaf is applied to a frame to restore areas of the preexisting leaf that have damage.



  1. ^ "What happens in the frames studio?". Lunder Conservation Center. Retrieved July 19, 2013.

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