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Antique glass designs

Add a touch of old-world luxe to your home with bespoke gilded and antiqued glass surfaces.

Whether it’s a glimmer in an alcove or an entire decorative wall, antiqued glass is enjoying a renaissance in interiors. The process of applying squares of metal leaf and paint to the reverse of clear glass dates back to before the Roman era, but it was 18th-century French art dealer Jean-Baptiste Glomy who popularised gilding and used the technique to decorate frames for Marie Antoinette.

His method was later named verre eglomise. Antiquing glass, or silvering, is achieved by using chemicals on mirrored glass to emulate the patination of silver-backed mirrors. Over time, the surface oxidises, creating a clouded, mottled effect that has become a sought-after finish in its own right. Here, we explore three ways to use these two historic techniques in a modern home.

Antique glass designs

In the kitchen.

Create a unique partition in an open-plan kitchen/diner with an antiqued mirror-backed cabinet. This one by Rupert Bevan also works aesthetically to offset the distressed-look surface of the pillars in the kitchen. It is made using Bevan’s own method of silvering: he oxidises the glass, which allows a chemical reaction to take place that imitates the material’s natural ageing process. The glass tends to continue patinating subtly over time, which further adds to the effect. As each piece is bespoke, it can be treated to suit any style, from classical to Art Deco.

Antique glass designs

As an artwork.

Gilded glass can be used to create beautiful works of art. Emma Peascod created this verre eglomise panel for Skye Gyngell’s Spring restaurant. She gilds the glass by working materials such as fine Japanese papers onto the surface, and also uses copper and brass leaf as alternatives to the traditional silver and gold. The lighter the glue used during the process, the more reflective the metal leaf finish will be - Peascod uses just a touch of gelatin dissolved in water and a brush to adhere the delicate metal leaf to the glass.

On the wall.

For a no-expense-spared focal point to the room, it is also possible to cover entire walls in verre eglomise. Katherine Pooley, who designed this living room (left), chose the finish because ‘the glorious three-dimensional texture brings a vast amount of light to a space in a more interesting way than a standard reflective surface’. Fameed Khalique uses metal leaf to create his intricate surfaces, and believes that this look epitomises luxury in interiors. ‘It is all about artisanal, handcrafted bespoke finishes’.

14-03-2016, 05:30
Autor: kastiel
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