Traditional Paints & Methods

Victoria Park Bronzed Lions

Recreation of bronzed finish on the two coade stone lions

Bronzed lion back in position at the Queen’s Gate, Victoria Park, Bath

Paint analysis carried out by Lisa Oestreicher showed that originally the coade stone lions at the Queen’s Gates, Victoria Park had been painted, fragments of paint being found between their toes.

Traditional oil paints were mixed for the bronzed finish according to information in the report. The bronzing consisted of a black base with layers of pigmented varnish painted over this to create the correct bronze effect.

Sampling was carried out to achieve the correct patination of the bronze effect.