Decorative Paint & Gold Leaf: Chateau sur Mer

Decorative Paint & Gold Leaf: Chateau sur Mer

Newport, Rhode Island

The ceiling in the Wetmore Bedroom dates to the period of redecoration under William Morris Hunt. Over the years, a combination of plaster and paint adhesion problems created small but noticeable areas of loose and missing paint and gold leaf. Due in large part to their size and thickness, the loose paint was successfully consolidated and reattached using rabbit skin glue. Areas of loss were cleaned, conserved and inpainted with matching paints, while missing gold leaf was sized and reapplied. This approach was minimally invasive, and our decorative paint cleaning and conservation successfully restored the original look of the decorative program.

ARCHITECT: Richard Morris Hunt, 1870