The New Cartouche Plaques in the Chapel
Robert and Charlotte Brudenell finally found the two large cartouche plaques that his parents had ordered for themselves for the Chapel that they had created in the 1970’s. The hunt took nearly three years. With the decommissioning of St Peters church, Deene, Marian and Edmund Brudenell had moved the Billiard Table to the Smoking Room thereby leaving a wonderful space for the worship of God. The original Catholic chapel had been dismantled in the late Eighteenth Century but the current chapel, dedicated to St Augustine, is now used for services by the family and William Brudenell was christened there in 2000.
Robert Brudenell discussed the work needed with Timothy Richards Fine Art Commissions, a traditional plaster workshop specialising in producing delicate handmade works of art. Fortuitously their senior craftswoman specialised in work on restorations of work in plaster and bronze using a variety of materials including gold leaf. Charlotte Hern was, therefore, asked complete the writing for the two existing lime wood cartouche plaques in memoriam for his late parents.
The two plaques are hand carved from lime wood, sanded smooth and painted cream. It was decided that the words would be laid directly onto the surface, in 24crt gold leaf. The font and layout of the lettering was designed to be in keeping with the existing plaques situated within the chapel.
Using a vinyl stencil, each letter was hand painted using a liquid gold paint. Once this was dry, an oil size was applied thinly and evenly, and when it was nearly dry gold leaf was applied. Wherever the size is applied, the gold leaf will stick.
This traditional gilding technique has resulted in a high quality handcrafted finish, in keeping with the rich history and craftsmanship found within Deene Park.
Charlotte Hern has worked as a commercial sculptor and modelmaker for over a decade. See more of Charlotte’s work here https://www.charlottehern.co.uk