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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Inspiration: A Genius at Patina

I study patinas and am especially intrigued with the aging that occurs on old, ornate pieces ~ from the worn-off paints to deep verdigris on metals. It's no wonder I was artistically stunned when I recently discovered the finishes created by French artist and decorator Elise Valdorcia, who now lives in Provence.

From reading about Elise, I know she creates some of the forms herself using cartapesta, a particular form of papier-mache. She also uses polychrome, gold leaf, paper, wax, linen, glass and plaster. Beyond that, all I know is that her artwork on furniture and furnishings is impeccable.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Rare Victorian Trimwork Finial

This marvelously aged finial has its original white, very weathered paint. It sits on a pink and cream-washed base for a dash of color. This finial is Sold.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Large Victorian Fence Finial

This Victorian-era finial is from an exterior fence post. It's large and substantial, at about a foot tall. I've attached its own 8-inch-square handmade base painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® deep olive. Both the finial and base are finished with her clear wax for a deepened patina. The antique finial still has its heavily weathered, cracked original white paint that emphasizes its age and endurance. This is a rare architectural element that makes an impressive display item for a shelf or table-top display. Available in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ornate Finial with Weather-worn White Paint

This is the mate to another rare finial, showing extensive weathering like its peer. The base is a yellow and gold combination. This finial is Sold.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Small White Clock Finial

This finial likely was part of a tallcase clock's ornamentation. It is five inches tall and has a 2-inch base in a moderately deep shade of pink. The finial has its original white paint, chipped here and there from years of display. Price $22.