Gilt Leather Alter for the St Peter church of Vic-Fezensac

Regularly we are asked to supply Gilt leather for alter pieces (Antependium).

As here in the St Peter church of Vic Fezensac.

The four sides of the alter are covered with leather.

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Front covered with Marot

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The back being covered with Abondance

The sides are covered with our Lauderdale.

This is a small alter which allows easy picking-up and re-positioning.

 

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Hope you enjoyed this

As Always

Fred

Gilt Leather At Levens Hall, cuir de cordoue, goudleer, guadamecies, kinkarakawa

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Gilt Leather at Levens Hall

The Parrot Panel .

In the late eighties we were introduced to Michael Abbott who became our UK agent, a real gentleman and one of these few without whom we wouldn’t be around making gilt leather any longer.

Shortly after we met, Michael introduced us to a famous Pimlico Road antiques dealer and decorator, the man himself a nonchalant, laid-back, aristocratic aura.
The showroom, loaded with a mix of unusual objects and top antiques, a harmonious, calculated, masculine chaos.

All things I like. To me an interior has to have the three A’s, Antiques Art Architecture without these its … complicated to make something interesting, imposing or even joyful. Imposing as I believe one becomes humble and relax in the presence a genial mix of the three A’s.

We were asked to reproduce a design which he had in his archives, having agreed on terms we went happily to work.
Once the mould ready, cast in bronze and impossible to handle. The modest production started.
It was the first time we set eyes on this design, but than again there are so many designs dating from this period. And research in these days was …..well different, not with the click of the mouse !

When supplied, part of the panels were used to line the walls of the showroom window. No pictures available, yet for us something never to forget.

Working on the archive material provided by our client we noted some irregularities in the background ornament, so far so good.

Later we came across this design as it appeared in an article about a restoration of the ancient gilt leather of the Deanery in Zele Belgium a small town nearby our hometown Ghent.

A closer examination of the design in Zele allowed us to conclude that it was not only the same design but that the leathers were printed on the same mould as they have same irregularities. Thus originating from the same workshop. Besides this, one could see from the quality of the gilding and the way they were painted that they originate from the same workshop

All well, till this very same design appeared in several English movies and series  , “the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Wives and Daughters and many others all shot at Levens Hall. Stylistically its the same panel from the same workshop, a closer look at the background ornament shows the same marks, they were embossed on the same mould ! http://www.levenshall.co.uk/

 

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Levens Hall gilt leather restored by the Leather Conservation Center Northampton UK

http://www.leatherconservation.org/

Remarkable here is that this design was issued by one gild leather workshop, as we know that some designs were produced by almost all the gilt leather workshops. The quality of the work makes this workshop a good one, this also is to be noted as some workshops were not very much regarding to the quality of their work.

At the end of the day the question that remains is where was this design produced.
Two locations in the UK against one in Flanders do not tell the story.
One thing is for sure, the workshop produced quality leathers.

The reproductions made for the eccentric antiques dealer ? Made in Ghent, Flanders.

 

Parrot 75 X 59 cmThe Parrot Panel reproduction by Lutson

 Left, the original panel, right the reproduction by Lutson

Tulips on Hodsoll panelThe tulips in this panel were painted in two different ways here the other version on a pale gilded ground

 

As Always
Fred

 

Heerenveen “Tuymelaarhuis” Gilt Leather / Goudleer / Cuir de Cordoue

Tuymelaarhuis Heerenveen

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Mr. Wiebren Dijkstra

Hanging onto his paint brush on his shaky scaffold.

Without Wiebren this project would not have seen daylight.

Thank you, Wiebren !

This house goes back to the 16th century and was modified during the course of time,

the last remodeling was around 1750.

It always amazes me to see buildings this old in such good condition, typical northern Europe !

The more you wander to the south the quicker buildings seem to wear.

Our place dates form 1850 and was sort of a ruin already.

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Here the order is well on its way,

the flowers were painted in the 18th century tradition.

The leathers painted and hanging to dry before the antiquing is applied.

The colours and the gilding were made to the customers specifications.

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 Dutch professional magazine Eisma’s published an editorial on the subject.

http://www.schildersvak.nl

It shows the trimming and gluing of the leathers.

A rare opportunity to practice your Dutch….

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Wiebren assited by Pauline Kaan

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The indisputable proof that hanging the leathers is easy and fun !

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A link to Wiebren Dijkstra ‘s site.

http://www.wdijkstra.nl/

Thank you for reading me.

Best Wishes

Fred

More Swedish Baroque Chairs

For those who follow the blog, you surly have found several postings about our Swedish distributors Annika and Leif Arvidsson form Lages AB. As upholsterers they work for antiques dealers, museums and whom ever wishes to have their chairs done by expert hands.
Earlier this year we worked with them on a large set of Baroque chairs.

  The whole set of chairs

G2Your educated eye will note that there are 2 different models of chairs.

This pair is 18 century Swedish baroque.

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This one here is a late 19th century Swedish Baroque chair.

G4Obviously this is a more elaborated  sort of Baroque.

The Chairs have been upholstered with a design form our collection the “Abondance”

Annika & Leif have upholstered a set of chairs for the Hallwyl museum Stockholm http://hallwylskamuseet.se/en we made the reproductions of the leather they needed using the original embossing plate owned by the museum. Swedish television made a reportage about the story and the upholstery work done in the studios of Lages AB.  But at first, Annika shows how patiently she makes her own Gilt Leather…..

http://www.svt.se/nyheter/regionalt/orebro/norahantverkare-klar-om-stolar-till-halwylska

Enjoy, its time to exercise your Swedish

As Always

Fred

Upholstery leathers for the Hallwyl Museum, Stockholm

For the Hallwyl museum http://hallwylskamuseet.se/en we supplied upholstery leathers.

which were fitted to a set of chairs form the Hallwyl dining room, by Lages AB

LSH Museums is a group of three Swedish museums the Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle and The Hallwyl Museum together they constitute a government agency, accountable to the Ministry of Culture.

The original leathers could have been restored yet the choice was made to replace the leathers.
No conservator takes this decision easily, it certainly must have been a long discussed matter among the LSH staff.

In the reserves of the museum the original embossing mould was stored securely, which is exceptional.
No mould needed to be made. In the workshop we merely made the original mould operational.

Form there we made some sample panels. These were apparently conclusive thus the LSH staff took the decision to have the leather panels replaced. The original damaged leathers being stored in the reserve.

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The dining room with one chair upholstered with Lutson leathers

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Here its the central chair that is fitted with Lutson leathers.

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The freshly upholstered chairs, picture taken at Lages AB

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The Hallwyl panel as we have supplied it

Note the trapezoidal form of the panel, quite unusual.

Bellow some variations of the Hallwyl panel

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Many thanks to the LSH Staff, especialy Mrs Ingalill Jansson.

And our Swedish partners since many years

Annika & Leif from Lages AB  http://www.lagestapetserarverkstad.se

As Always

Fred

Polychrome Moncla: Gilt Leather, Cuir de Cordoue

Moncla as  replacement for a worn Gilt Leather seat.

The original leather seat was send to the workshop, it’s always better to have the archive material to see the details

and try to capture the right feel of the panel.

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 Thus our Swedish Annika From Lages AB removed the Gilt Leather seat and  made a secure box for shipping.

This 18th century design is interesting  because there is no painted the background.

We are looking at a panel that has polychrome highlights on a gilded ground.

This reduces the interaction of colours which results in a quieter, less dramatic, panel.

We have seen more of these yet the “norm” would be that the background is painted,

in addition to the polychrome highlights and the gilded ground.

They decided to do it differently….. Hey ! This is a free world.

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The gilding as an approximation and its, believe me the hardest thing to get right.

All polychrome work in the spirit of the 18th century sample panel.

Some details for you appreciate.

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As Always,

Fred