Painted in watery blues and greens on an old plaster-like background this design is reminiscent of both Indian and medieval motifs. Sweet floral sprigs are framed within a trefoil framework interspersed with little dots whilst the plasterwork wraps around the edges adding textural interest.
These fresco secco panels are cracked and aged to give character and patination. On completion the plastered hessian substrate is glued to its wooden support and won’t crack or rub-back any further. Paintings where the hessian is wrapped around the panel edges may succumb to some minor flaking on the corners but a few knocks and scrapes are part of its “distressed” character.
The piece is finished with wax so may be buffed and polished to maintain its lustre