LOOKING AFTER YOUR NEW ARTEFACT
Combining the finest tradition of English design, craftsmanship and quality your artefact has been handcrafted using techniques and materials that date back centuries and are thus proven to stand the rigours of time. With the right care and attention, your artefact will be equally resilient giving pleasure and service to you and your grand children's children.
Day to day care.
The beauty of our finishes is that they benefit from benign neglect as it enhances their aged look and adds to their character. All they require is an occasional light dusting with a soft dry duster. You should:
- Avoid letting water settle on the surface of your artefact. It is ok to use a damp cloth to wipe the surface but remove any residual moisture.
- Avoid using modern cleaning agents as these may damage the lacquer finish.
- Avoid temperature extremes. As a wood based artefact the wood will expand and contract according to the moisture or dryness of the atmosphere. This expansion and contraction can cause hair line cracks in the surface of the gilding. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it will add to the character of the piece but if the temperature range is too extreme then this could become a problem. An overmantle above a fire place is a natural setting for a mirror but not ideal if you require a flawless gilded finish.
- Avoid affixing labels or cello tape to the gilded surface.
- Avoid knocks and/or abrasion or placing anything on top of them. The finish is easily damaged or scratched.
With time the light dusting will slowly, over decades, ware through the lacquer exposing the metal leaf and as this wares away it eventually exposes the red boll underneath the leaf. If you look at old picture frames you'll see the result of this aging process. So with time your piece will age gracefully so much so some of our clients ask us to distress our gilded finishes to simulate this aged look.
If your artefact is damaged then contact us and we will advise you on the best course of action to repair it.
In this age, with its disposable culture, it gives me immense pleasure to think that some of my work may be looked after and cherished enough to be passed on as family air looms to become the antiques of the future. I've done my bit to the best of my ability so I guess it's all down to you now... so take care and feel free to contact me if you have an further questions as to looking after your artefact.