R. Wayne Reynolds -
Master Gilder

Ponsford Ltd is very proud that we have Master Gilder, Wayne Reynolds, heading up our Gilding Department, with over twenty-three years of experience in the field.

We offer complete conservation services for gilding decorative art objects; including sculptures, furniture, frames, and mirrors. We are
also able to provide interior and exterior gilding of historic and public buildings as well as private residences.

Our design services include the construction of original frames for paintings, museum-quality reproductions for paintings of any period,
and the fabrication of contemporary mirror frames. Consulting services are available for collection surveys, condition reports, and lectures.


US Capitol, Washington DC
Conservation treatment of two frames for The Senate Collection: “Discovery of the Hudson,” by Albert Bierstadt; “The First Reading of
the Emancipation Proclamation,” by Francis B. Carpenter. The 20’ X 30’ walnut and gold leaf frame for “The Battle of Lake Erie” by John Henry Powell

US Department of the State, Washington DC
Conservation of eighteenth and nineteenth-century American looking glasses and gold leaf picture frames for the diplomatic rooms on the eighth floor.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Complete conservation treatment of the frame of the portrait, “Italian Noble Woman,” by Anthony Van Dyck. Conservation treatment of
frames for the exhibition, “Treasure House of Britain,” on loan from the National Trust, London, England. For the exhibition, “Leonardo to Titian,” conservation treatment of frames on loan from the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
The White House: Complete restoration of the original gold leaf frame for the Thomas Sully’s portrait of Andrew Jackson that hangs in the
Oval Office, on loan from the NGA.

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Reproduction of hand-carved Arts and Crafts frames based on archival photographs of paintings with the original frames selected by the artists Charles Russell and Frederic Remington.

Blair House, Washington, DC
Guest Quarters for Visiting Heads of State: Complete conservation treatment of eighteenth and nineteenth-century carved and gilded furniture, as well as mirror, picture and portrait frames.

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Fabrication of two heroic-size reproduction gold leaf frames for the Benjamin West paintings, “Death on the Pale Horse,” and “ Christ Reject,” measuring 15 x 25 and 17 x 22 feet.

Under a grant from the National Endowment for the Fine Arts
Conservation of nineteenth-century gold leaf frames for the following paintings: “Ariadne of Naxos” by John Vanderlyn; “Goerge Washington, The Landsdowne Portrait,” by Gilbert Stuart; and “The Turkish Page”
by Frank Duveneck.

U.S. Treasury, Washington, DC
The Andrew Johnson Suite: Gilding and installation of two pier mirrors and six walnut and ebonized curtain cornices with tieback shields. Architectural gilding of the pilasters and ceiling ornament.

U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC
Senate Russell Building: Historic restoration of the Senate Caucus
room ceiling and of the Grand Staircase ceiling. Applied 23,500 sheets of twenty-three karat gold leaf to the plaster architectural ornament.

Government House, Annapolis, MD
Residence of the Governor of Maryland: Gilding of the nineteenth-century plaster ceiling ornament in the Victorian period room.

NationsBank, Baltimore, MD
Ten Light Street; Formerly the Maryland National Bank Building: Historic restoration of the mansard roof of Nations Bank’s historic Aztec revival building, ca, 1929. Involved removal of the 1970’s-era “MN” signage and superstructure, replication of the original cooper shingles, and the gilding over sixty-four hundred square feet of lead-coated copper pilasters of
the wheat sheaf and rosette-ornamented crown.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Israel Sack, New York, NY
Washington University Museum of Art, St, Louis, MO
Mario Buatta, New York, NY
Cororan Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Hirschl & Adler Gallery, New York, NY
The Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY
Honolulu Academy of Arts, HI
Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
Kimbell Art Museum, FT. Worth, TX
Leigh Keno, New York, NY


Mrs. John Hay Whitney, New York, NY
H.J. Heinz, III, Washington, DC
Kaufmann Americana Foundation, Norfolk, VA
Martha Stewart, Westport, CT
Baron Thyssen Bornemisza, lugano, Switzerland
Joann and Julian Ganz, Los Angeles, CA

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
Lecture and training, 1982
One week training seminar, 1991

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Newport Symposium, Newport, RI
Two week training seminar, 1982
“Golden Age to Gilded Age ” lecture 1993

Sunday Lecture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
“Introduction to Picture Frame Connoisseurship,” 1984

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