I arrived in the Dordogne in 1995 after working for 10 years
in Bordeaux in my apprentice master's studio. I opened a small
summer-season art gallery in Biron, then a gilding studio in
Daglan, one in Issigeac and at the same time a boutique in
Bordeaux in order to make my work known to the public, before
finally settling down and opening a studio in Monpazier. This
is where I now work as the successor to the Gilding and
Framing Studio of Messers Jean and Francis Pelle, which
originally opened in Bordeaux in 1896.
Gilding : The work is two-fold - Creation and Restoration .
Creation : each piece is unique made by hand to order on
untreated wooden mouldings to which I add decoration at the
client's request or according to my inspiration ; the colours,
shades and finishes are ones I make myself using vegetable and
Restoration : From mouldings and impressions taken, I recreate
objects identical to those which are missing or have
deteriorated. After several other stages in the work the
finishing layer of gold, silver, aluminium, copper or any
other metal leaf requested, is applied. I use authentic,
traditional materials, working methods and techniques.
Framing : One of my many specialities is perfectly matched
I now consider myself to have mastered the Art of Gilding ;
having worked employing the old, traditional methods, using
only conventional materials and " trade secrets " - knowledge
orally transmitted to me by my apprentice master.
Note : Interview on TF1 during the One O'Clock News in a slot
with Jean-Pierre Pernaut ; two long articles in the magazine "
Maison et Campagne " and an article in the "
Gilder, decorator and framer L’Atelier de dorure sur bois
22 rue Saint Jacques
24 540 Monpazier
Tel : +33 (0)5 53 73 63 91 or +33 (0)6 75 30 92 68
Open : Tuesday - Sunday from 10.00a.m. - 12.30 and from
4.00p.m. - 6.30p.m. unless I'm away working on-site.