Madam Ore's House
Madam Ore's House
Davidson Artisans Emporium

Madam Ore's House

Regular price $1,699.00 $0.00

Dimensions are: 14.5” X 32”

Madam Ore’s House is...

A fun tongue in cheek gift for those with a non-prudish sense of humor. 

A beautiful play on words, not only in the main copy but also in the words in the semi hidden panels.

There are secrets that went into the design and creation that will be revealed to those who purchase this and will have a diagram with explanations.


What went into the making of...

We start with a plain piece of glass and cut it to size. The edges were then hand nipped (scalloped) and deep cleaning the glass to remove oils or hidden contaminants as to receive the gold leaf. Once that was done then there are two levels of gold applied and a patch (The gold leaf is real 23 kt gold that has been beaten to so thin a layer that it is translucent). We then back up the gold with a special ink that helps hold the gold in place. The gold leaf process is called water gilding and has been around for hundreds of years. After the ink is dry, the process of removing the excess gold is done very carefully leaving the image of a mirrored gold effect. This is all done on the back side of the glass and is where the term Reverse Painted Glass comes from in the form of decoration, lettering, and so on. 

The centers of the letters of the main copy are 18kt gold which have been applied using a gold size and the effect of the size creates a brighter gild by making the light reflect from many different angles so as to always appear to be lit up. There are many different painted effects which can be done, and as our collecting is added too, you will see most of these effects on these beautiful works of art. In the case of Madam Ore’s House, the green panel has the appearance of stone and is referred to as faux finishing.

The colors and design elements are done with certain effects in mind such as a high contrast color might make an element of the design jump out at you, whereas lower contrasting colors may be used to soften the effects.

Last but not least is the Abalone used to semi hide the words poke of gold as well as the faux date in the decorated panel. The lettering can only be seen while the light hits it from certain angles, and also making it appear to float over the pink abalone heart.

This type of art is one of the most beautiful and complicated forms to make, and there are many parts of the process that can go wrong even with the best well thought out plans. 

Artisans that do this type of art have to plan it all out before it has even begun and takes a skilled craftsman or craftswoman to be able to produce this art form. It is one of the reasons there are very few artisans who even do this type of work on a professional level.

Photographs and even video are a poor substitute for how beautiful this art form is, and the term you have to see it to believe it definitely applies. 

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