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Welcome to Frédérique Cotteret Frame Restoration.

I am a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild and I specialise in frame restoration and gilding. I also restore other wood gilded items such as clocks, candlesticks or barometers.

I provide a full restoration and repair service from my studio, which is based in Tonbridge, Kent.

Restoration process

Most common damages to frames and mirrors are broken mouldings and missing ornaments.

Techniques and products used to restore frames, mirrors, clocks, candlesticks, barometers and other wood gilded items are very much unchanged since the 17th century.
The art of restoring and gilding requires precise and meticulous work, patience and, of course, experience.

Usually frame conservation and restoration, involve:

  • Cleaning
  • Restoring cracks and damaged ornaments
  • Moulding and re-carving broken and missing parts
  • Applying red clay
  • Applying gold leaves with the water gilding technique (22 carats)
  • Burnishing the 22ct gold leaves with agate stone
  • Applying patina in order to harmonize new with old elements to match original finish.

My aim is to carefully restore the gilded objects entrusted to me and give them back their original aspect to be enjoyed for many years to come.

Service

Before starting any restoration, I need to meet you and see the item you wish to have restored or gilded. We can then discuss your requirements. I will guide you through different options, from a thorough cleaning to a full restoration and gilding.

I will provide a quotation for your approval for the agreed work. Once this has been signed by you and returned to me, the work can go ahead.

Testimonials

Well worth it!

Frédérique did a lovely job for me. The frame she worked on was in dire need of repair and I wanted to pass on a family portrait to my nephew which he would be pleased to own.

She repaired it sensitively so it still looked old but no longer sad, she worked to time and the price was very reasonable. Work like this is complex and it needs an expert - but it is well worth it.

Joanna Wade - Hever

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2021-01-19T20:46:39+00:00

Joanna Wade - Hever

Frédérique did a lovely job for me. The frame she worked on was in dire need of repair and I wanted to pass on a family portrait to my nephew which he would be pleased to own. She repaired it sensitively so it still looked old but no longer sad, she worked to time and the price was very reasonable. Work like this is complex and it needs an expert - but it is well worth it.

A fantastic job!

Freddie did a fantastic job restoring my battered Victorian picture frame. Can't spot the numerous repairs and she blended in the new gilding so skilfully. I am very pleased with it.

Karen Dixon - Tonbridge

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2021-01-19T20:45:47+00:00

Karen Dixon - Tonbridge

Freddie did a fantastic job restoring my battered Victorian picture frame. Can't spot the numerous repairs and she blended in the new gilding so skilfully. I am very pleased with it.

Very skilled and talented

We gave an antique and damaged frame to Freddie to restore for us. I have to say she did an absolutely fantastic restoration on it. We are so pleased with the result. It is like new with new life breathed into it. We can’t thank Freddie enough for her amazing work. She is very skilled and talented.

Paul Gurney BA Hons.
Graphic Designer

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2021-02-22T17:38:23+00:00

Paul Gurney BA Hons.
Graphic Designer

We gave an antique and damaged frame to Freddie to restore for us. I have to say she did an absolutely fantastic restoration on it. We are so pleased with the result. It is like new with new life breathed into it. We can’t thank Freddie enough for her amazing work. She is very skilled and talented.

A museum-quality approach

Frédérique has a museum-quality approach and one can safely entrust her with gilded frames and other objects, knowing that they will be beautifully revived by her magical touch. They will retain their authenticity, with the new gilding blending in an original one in a very respectful and elegant manner.

Joanna Plachcinska ( M.A. in Painting Conservation)

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2021-01-23T16:59:59+00:00

Joanna Plachcinska ( M.A. in Painting Conservation)

Frédérique has a museum-quality approach and one can safely entrust her with gilded frames and other objects, knowing that they will be beautifully revived by her magical touch. They will retain their authenticity, with the new gilding blending in an original one in a very respectful and elegant manner.

Just the right person

I consider myself very fortunate to have found Frédérique Cotteret Frame Restoration Studio. I am a picture restorer myself and often paintings come to me in frames, which are also in a state of disrepair. If the frames are ornate and gilded - I know whom to turn to! Frédérique is just the right person, with her professionalism, expertise, and all the required skills to repair a damaged frame.

Joanna Plachcinska ( M.A. in Painting Conservation)

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2021-02-22T17:46:25+00:00

Joanna Plachcinska ( M.A. in Painting Conservation)

I consider myself very fortunate to have found Frédérique Cotteret Frame Restoration Studio. I am a picture restorer myself and often paintings come to me in frames, which are also in a state of disrepair. If the frames are ornate and gilded - I know whom to turn to! Frédérique is just the right person, with her professionalism, expertise, and all the required skills to repair a damaged frame.
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Frédérique Cotteret

About

My name is Frédérique Cotteret. I started my journey through frames and mirrors restoration and gilding as a hobby, over 10 years ago.

I have been a frequent visitor at flea markets for many years. One day, I came across a wonderful 19th century gilded frame. Even if one side was totally destroyed, I decided to go for it, thinking I could manage easily to fix it. I tried again and again to improve the outcome. The reason was simple: restoration and gilding, like any art, takes some proper learning with qualified teachers and experience too. So, I decided to enrol with a Parisian studio in order to gain the professional skills.

After the first lesson, I was totally… hooked…and am still today! What was initially a hobby had progressively become my profession. It is still today.

Contact

Meetings are by appointment only. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Please either fill this form, call me at 0772 272 8911, or contact me via email or social networks using the links in the red icons below.