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Classical Portrait, a hand embossed art nouveau portrait repoussé metal framed artwork, created from sheet pewter.

Based on a vintage Art Nouveau era design of a woman's face in profile with floral accents. This piece is set behind a textured black mat, and on the glass in the front I have etched a design of twisting acanthus leaves and curved shapes, and I rubbed a pewter antiquing wax into the etching to bring it out. The piece is framed in a black wooden frame, there's a hook for hanging and also a fold out stand so it can be placed on a flat surface.

It is difficult to take good shots of glass-framed pieces from all angles without reflections. As the etched design is on the outermost surface of the glass pane, it creates a slightly 3D effect – the design is raised up from the background and casts a faint shadow on the underlying mat, and it's more visible in some angles than others, so variously angled shots will give you a good idea of the effect of the finished piece.

Approximate sizes:
Frame: 16.5cm x 16.5cm x 2cm / 6.5" x 6.5" x .8"
Embossed panel: 7cm x 7cm / 2.7" x 2.7"

All pieces ship ready to hang with a D-Ring screwed into the backing, or in some cases where noted, a fold out stand. I try to take photos of my pieces from several different angles to show the way the light interacts with the metal surface and paint, and the three-dimensional embossed shapes and textures (any props/easels in the photographs are for display only and are not included in the listing).

This item will be shipped to you regular airmail, which takes approx 3-4 working days to Australian locations and 7-10 working days to International locations. Please let me know if you would like the item shipped express, with tracking or with insurance.

I do ship worldwide wherever possible though I have not included shipping costs for all countries – if a shipping cost for your country is not listed, please contact me and I will give you a quote.

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Using a metal tooling technique known as repoussé, I emboss each piece by hand in my Melbourne studio. After pressing the design into the pewter sheet, the surface is etched, bumped, scratched, marked, doused with a dark patinating solution and then polished back to give it a tarnished, aged look, leaving the metal surface stained with tones of blacks, browns, blues, golds and silvers - this process is wonderfully unpredictable, so every piece is completely unique. The piece is then finished with gems, glass paint, enamels, iridescent pigments and sometimes patterned origami papers or vintage engraving imagery. Each wall piece is sealed with several layers of crystalline wax to protect the surface, mounted on mdf panel and framed up ready to hang.

I may sometimes reuse patterns though I never use a stamp or machine embosser to create my artworks – every piece of metal art in this shop is handmade and one of a kind.

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Please contact me if you are interested in a custom order. I combine shipping for multiple purchases. If your location is not listed in the shipping costs area, please contact me and I can give you a shipping estimate.

Classical Portrait : hand embossed art nouveau portrait repoussé metal wall art


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: pewter, metal, sheet metal, patina, wax, wood, etched glass, mat, mdf
  • Ships from Australia to select countries.
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