Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I recently bought a plaster plaque that appealed to me for its Neoclassic look (and very reasonable price tag).
The oval is approximately 26 inches across and 22 inches high, a fairly large piece. Though cupids can verge on kitch, this has an authentically classic feel, with nice details, like those grape tendrils.
The plaster has been silver-leafed, and though it looks pretty good against that dusty blue, in person it looks more as though it might have been sprayed with radiator paint! I think the shine cheapens the appearance, and that it would actually look better with a dull black finish, transforming it into a faux Wedgewood basalt.
So my question to you is, do you think the silver leaf needs to be removed first, and how would that be done without damaging the plaster? I appreciate my readers' expertise and any other ideas they — you — might have for refinishing this recent find!
Posted by Mark D. Ruffner at 6:30 AM