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Cat screen
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One of the more unusual and challenging restoration jobs I’ve had for a while involved the restoration of an Antique Japanese screen which the client’s cat decided to try and climb up. Needless to say the cat didn’t make it to the top and it’s claws shredded the gilded rice paper to shreds. After two […]

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Damaged frame
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Recently one of our old clients bought some valuable paintings at an art auction in Sydney. That was fine but this well established auction house or the clients themselves left the task of shipping the items back to Melbourne with a company supposedly professional in the art of packing and sending things. These geniouses measured […]

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Michele & Alan
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This week we also sold three mirrors to a lovely couple in East Malvern. They came in initially to buy one mirror for their dining room and when we took a few to the house for their approval, they ended up buying three. It’s not that surprising as the obvious benafits become immediately apparant when […]

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Westin Hotel
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A recent request was made for us to produce a particularly large mirror for a panelled room in the Westin hotel. This apartment is on the 11th floor and is magnificent, but the thing that gave me nightmares was the size of the goods elevator. Sure we could make something similar to the smaller one […]

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Walsh
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This week we also went back to a rather large house at Mt. Eliza. We had previously sold four mirrors to these clients and they had been considering the benefits of a mirror above a sideboard at the top of their staircase. I had previously supplied them with a digital image of how the mirror […]

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Restoration before & after.
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Recently a lovely couple brought in a picture frame to be restored which had fallen off the wall. I personally thought this painting really had some quality. They ummed and arred as to whether to have it done or not and then Jason noticed a sticker on the side of the frame which they had […]

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Crate
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Recently an old client who had bought a lot of gear from us over the years asked if we could relocate her prized Antique Collection. When we went to quote and advise, it was apparent that if we were moving all that stuff then she might as well have us move the lot. She was […]

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gilding
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After 41 years of Gilding everything from death masks to grand pianos I will soon be passing on my experience to those who wish to learn this ancient art. We will be moving to larger premmises shortly as our Camberwell building has been sold to developers. I expect we will be operating from a much […]

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Brugge
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Nov-2013

A Giltwood Revival   Minimalism is DEAD, Long live the King!   What a great time to buy Antiques, It seems to me that those in the know have not been fooled by the nonsense simply known as minimalism.   Good taste and style has never gone out of fashion, only the availability of the […]

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Moving not closing. New Number. 97862026 After 37 years in Burke Rd. Camberwell the time has come to relocate to better place to work from. They have sold the shop we have been in to Chinese Property developers and it was only a matter of time that we would have to move so I made […]

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3134-15 Small
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Antique Collectors Club talk 5/11/09   When asked by the Brighton Antique Collectors group to talk  about Gilding, Gilt Restorations and Mirror Processing etc, late last year I found that for me it was all about a journey of discovery. How did I know all this stuff? And Why ? Customers would often ask how […]

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After 37 years in Burke Rd. Camberwell I have relocated my business to a factory type warehouse in Seaford. This gives us a greater working space for half the cost of a small Burke Rd. shopfront. These days the lions share of my sales and restoration work come through our web site and from interstate clients. […]

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RESURRECTION A labour of love When we moved shop last year in November to 410 Burke Rd. it became all too obvious that not everything was going to fit into the new place. Having sold off quite a bit of stock prior to moving there were a few hard decisions to be made as to what we […]

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Valenti
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Just recently I had the pleasure of doing some work for a fantastic artistic furniture maker by the name of Andrew Van Karthoven. He had the job to supply some high end furniture for that rather large new house being built in St Georges Rd. Toorak. Thew client brief was to have a gilt and […]

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Quik Stix1
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On 8 August 2012, at around 4.30 pm my life, as I knew it, all changed. Since starting work at the age of 15 as an apprentice painter and decorator, and having run an antiques and mirror business for nearly 40 years, I had been up and around ladders nearly every day without a care. […]

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web size
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08
Mar-2016

One of the more unusual Gilding jobs I finished last year was for The Greek Orthodox Church at Altona. Father George Frangos called me to quote on Gilding this item in 24 Ct. Gold. It had been carved by one of their parishioners and now stands pride of place on the Alter. It is yet […]

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the boys copy
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100% Australian Made. When you buy from Giltwood you should be proud to know that you are supporting a small Australian business which produces all goods for sale entirely made in Australia and 95% in house. (Reproduction Range) We do have a guy who machines our timber mouldings from his workshop and we also source […]

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Circular table
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Take 20% OFF this price Modern style circular coffee table with gilded sides and a bevelled mirror top. This can be made to any size and gilded in Gold or silver/platinum leaf. I have finished this one with a bevelled mirror top but could also be silver leaf with a black glass top. This first […]

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Coalbrookdale after
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Did you know that a Gilder is a master of finishes. A friend suggested that I should put a little more information on this website as she did not realize that we also do painted finishes to iron or outdoor furniture and other furniture items. If you come to realize that to complete premium finishes […]

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Girandole Restoration
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Finally getting around to showing some of the more challenging parts of my job. This client had been given a rather battered old English Girandole mirror frame by a friend in Tasmania so it had great sentimental value. It’s lucky the house had not burnt down as the candle holders had burnt through. Anyway the […]

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