Friday, February 20, 2015

Victorian Design: A Neo-Grec Newel Post light Restoration Project

Period Newel Lights are a vanishing breed, either scraped or turned into table lamps
The 'fun ' part of restoration is taking something that most might pass by and bringing it back to something that epitomizes Victorian Decorative arts.
The lamp had a lot going on but the one color paint did nothing to bring out the details

This newel post light didn't have much going for it when we started. Turned into a table lamp it had multiple coats of gold paint a frankly looked tired.

The use of proper placement of color bring out those details and the faux marbling creates a jewel like quality. 
However it was the details that make  a piece and this was in fact a higher end Neo Grec Newel Post "mansion grade" light. We had to carefully strip the layers of paint, repair hairline cracks and then select a period polychrome scheme  that was appropriate for the era of this piece.
Use of color again defines the 'architectural' component of the design

So we turned an ugly ducking back into a swan.

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