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ORNATE GILDING WORK
STUDLEY ROYAL - FOUNTAINS ABBEY - NORTH YORKSHIRE
This was a lovely gilding job on the entrance gates to Studley Royal Water Garden.
Jayne Nicholson and Martin Harris contacted me to carry out some urgent gilding work towards the end of their restoration work on the gates.
Nicholson Harris are highly skilled traditional blacksmiths and metalworkers who belong to the Master Guild of Craftsmen.
You can see them demonstrate their work at their residence at the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield.
Studley Royal Water Garden was created by John Aislabey in 1718. The wrought iron gates where later installed in 1730. The Heraldic shields are made from lead and show the Aislabey coat of arms, the Acanthus leaves are made from bronze.
Work carried out;
The shields and acanthus leaves were gilded in my workshop using 24 carat extra thick gold leaf. I then returned to site and carried out the rest of the gilding alongside Jayne and Martin who refitted the shields and leaves before they painstakingly put the finishing touches to the gates.