Gold leaf and other decorative frame finishes

In-house gilding studio

Allison & Ross is the only full-service fine art company in Seattle with both a woodshop and a gilding studio, which allows us to create custom-milled and gilded period frames in-house. Our staff can create a unique frame designed and toned to the specific needs of your artwork.

Our in-house gilding department offers many fine finishes including traditional water gilding, oil gilding, and antiqued paint. We utilize Manetti leaf, from 23K yellow gold to 9K white gold, and can also gild in brass and aluminum leaf when appropriate.

We use bole under water-gilded leaf in a range of traditional colors including red, dark red, black, grey, brown, blue, and yellow, with commensurate base colors for oil gilding.

Gilder and finisher Mark Mueller works to protect and enhance the artwork that is brought into Allison & Ross. From designing samples to putting the finishing tones and protective layers on a completed project, his hope is that our work can best complement and serve the artwork at hand.

Mark notes, "The focus on craftsmanship informs my work both in the gilding studio and in my art studio. I am pleased to be a working and exhibiting artist here in the Northwest for over the last 25 years."