This Arts and Crafts, chip art frame was covered in a gold paint, which was chipped and uneven, but I could tell it had good bones. I only strip frames that have had their original surfaces altered or are in terrible condition, so as not to destroy the integrity of an antique. It’s hard to tell exactly how old this frame is, or where it was made. It could have been made anywhere between 1860-1920. I suspect it is turn of the century.
I do wish I knew what kind of wood it was, as that would give a clue as to its origin and possibly date. I suspect it might be birch because of its color, subtle grain, and the density. It had some repairs and at some point, the gold paint was added. I love the clean lines and the simplicity of the design. You can see the shape of the tool used to gouge the chips out for the ornamentation.
I began the process with paint stripper citristrip, which is applied to the surface and left overnight. It was with great anticipation that I returned to it twenty-four hours later. When you strip paint you never know exactly what will be revealed. I began to scrape off the gold paint, which had turned to a dark grey goo, suggesting there was another layer of something underneath it.