Bespoke Antiqued and Gilded Mirror Glass
Dominic Schuster Ltd has grown from Dominic’s roots in antique restoration, originally as part of Compton & Schuster. Whilst Dominic and his team of experts still undertake all manner of decorative restoration (including gilding, lacquerware, Japanning, toleware and papier mâché) the company has grown to become a leading manufacturer and supplier of antiqued and gilded glass.
Dominic Schuster is the artistic force behind his studio, working alongside a team of skilled craftsmen and women to fulfill the demands of a very niche market. Dominic had already mastered various vintage paint and lacquer effects, as well as developing his own finishes whilst working in the restoration of antique furniture and architectural features and he was inspired to find a way to recreate the appearance of an aged Mercury-backed mirror after a dealer asked him to source a replacement for a broken plate in a large pier glass. And what makes the studio stand out from other companies is the artistic background and talent of our staff.
The process of manufacturing an antique effect or vintage-looking mirror
The process of creating an antiqued glass mirror panel or tile is very much an artistic one; a variety of secret techniques will be used to build up the right level of ‘foxing’ (aging) and achieve the exact look sought. For example, ‘Mercury Sparkle’ is a slightly distressed effect and catches the light only slightly to sparkle as the name suggests, whereas ‘Heavy Mercury’ recreates the look of vintage mirror glass that is hundreds of years old, has degraded significantly, and reflects very little light. The ‘Fossil’ range features larger distressed and aged areas, and these can then also be tinted with colours such as Bronze, Gold or Silver. In addition, the glass itself can be tinted, with colour choices including beautiful blues, greens and browns.
Mirror glass as art
The beauty of the finishes available to him has inspired Dominic further. Working both on his own and in collaboration with others including Nina Campbell and Charles Ommanney, he has mixed antiqued mirror with architectural prints, fine art photography and wallpaper to create striking decorative art installations. A print is given a new lease of life and additional depth when combined with mirrored glass, and each panel or set of panels is unique because every finish and effect is applied by hand.
Verre Eglomise and gilded glass
Verre églomisé is a French term referring to the process of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass to produce a reflective surface; the overlapping metal leaves and the drying process give rise to beautiful variations in this mirrored surface. A wide range of striking verre églomisé mirror finishes can be achieved when it is combined with either tinted glass or Dominic’s bespoke finishes – or both.
Uses for Dominic Schuster’s mirror and glass
Antiqued, verre églomisé and gilded glass created by our studio can be used to great effect in all interiors; we work for trade and retail clients with our mirrors being installed in homes, hotels, bars and yachts all over the world. Typical uses include wall panels, table tops, door panels, chimney breasts, clock faces, kitchen splashbacks and shower interiors. It is through working on such a wide range of projects that the studio is continuously inspired to explore different ways of working with mirrored glass.
Dominic Schuster Ltd offer a complete service from site surveying to delivery and installation, as well as advice on design. We supply our standard samples free of charge to trade clients and we happily create bespoke samples for a small fee.
Dominic Schuster Ltd are members of LAPADA and continue to repair and restore antique furniture and carry out architectural restoration. The company also specialises in painted furniture, lacquer, gilding and japanning.