Rhonda Nolan

My Work

Rhonda works using techniques used before the industrial age, with today’s materials. She specializes in freehand bronze painting, bronze powder stenciling, gold leaf painting, reverse glass painting and eglomise on home accessories and furniture. Her reproductions are historically accurate, 100% original and unique, and hand painted one at a time.

Below are examples of Rhonda’s work, although her collection contains more designs and pieces than shown here. You can purchase a piece seen below, see the full array of her existing collection or discuss a custom piece by contacting her at 704.223.3761 or rhonda@ornamentalartist.com

Reverse glass painting and eglomise

Rhonda repairs damaged glasses, reproduces the designs of broken antique glasses and creates new custom designs with historical accuracy.
The fine art of reverse gilding, or eglomise, and reverse glass painting are both accomplished using the techniques and materials artisans used in the 18th and 19th centuries. The technique is used for surface decoration for clock tablets and mirror panels. 23kt gold is adhered with gelatin size on the reverse side of the glass, reverse etched and backed with paint. Reverse glass paintings are worked in oils from detail to background, all on the back of the glass.

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Boxes

Stenciling using metallic powders became on of the mot popular and widespread methods of decorating furniture after about 1815, It was developed as a less expensive alternative to gold ormolu mounts and gilding and was favored as a flexible means of decorating even difficult areas on furniture. The effects could be as complex or as simple as desired, depending on the number of stencils used and the variety of metallic colors. Many of the bronze powder stenciled and painted boxes show here are reproductions of nineteenth century wood boxes. The floor of each box is lined with French marbelized paper. Custom designs are also available. Choose one of the designs show here or over 30 reproduction designs in Rhonda's collection, or have an original design made for you. Please contact Rhonda to place your order or discuss design options.

Dome Box

Dome Box

Bronze powder stenciling done in gold powder with painted detail. Banding done with gold powder.

Ransom Cook box

Ransom Cook box

Reproduction of bronze powder stenciled and rosewood grained box attributed to Ransom Cook c. 1825, Saratoga Springs, NY. Attribution based on a set of Cook’s stencils owned by the Saratoga County Historical Society. Fruit and flower motif with medallion at corners.

Steamboat Veto Strawberry Box

Steamboat Veto Strawberry Box

Reproduction of a stencil decorated box c. 1832. The inside cover is a combination of freehand bronze and stenciling. The fruit motif on the outside gives no indication of the political statement discreetly hidden inside. Rhonda’s reproduction was pictured on Early American Life Magazine’s cover, August 2009.

Small Round Box

Small Round Box

Grained background with freehand bronze technique center motif; stenciled border.

Country Box

Country Box

Rosewood grained background with multiple stencil polychrome design. Green and yellow double striped border.

Large Red Box

Large Red Box

Reproduction of box formerly in the collection of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. Decoration is on all four sides as well as the top.

Trays

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Exotic Birds Tray

Exotic Birds Tray

Freehand bronze with gold leaf. Painted on antique tray; approximately 27” x 19 3/4”. $945

Double Border fruit design Tray

Double Border fruit design Tray

Freehand bronze and gold leaf on white background. Exquisitely detailed polychrome pattern painted on antique tray. $1495

Floral and Leaf Tray

Floral and Leaf Tray

Overall floral design in silver powders with alizarin washes. It is a combination of stenciling and freehand bronze techniques. Special order.

Floral Gothic Tray

Floral Gothic Tray

Etched gold leaf leaves; gold leaf and white gold bronze powder flowers. Painted details. Approximately 14 1/2” x 11”. Newer tray. $495

Tiger Tray

Tiger Tray

Stenciled and freehand bronze floor with freehand bronze flange. Painted detail. Painted on antique tray approximately 31’x 22 1/2”. $895

Hunt Tray

Hunt Tray

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Furniture

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Antique Child’s Hitchcock Style Chair

Antique Child’s Hitchcock Style Chair

This stencil pattern was adapted from a stenciled box pattern.

Urnback Chair

Urnback Chair

This antique chair had no original stenciling and was in very poor condition. After the chair was stripped and repainted, Rhonda stenciled the chair with a suitable stenciled design

Child's Windsor Rocker

Child's Windsor Rocker

Description to come.

Button Back Chair

Button Back Chair

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Sheraton Dressing Table

Sheraton Dressing Table

Stenciling on rosewood graining. Pattern is reproduction of a Hitchcock dressing table.

Sheraton Wash Stand

Sheraton Wash Stand

Freehand bronze and stenciling on yellow background.

Cornices

Painted, decorated and gilt bed and window cornices were available in this country by the 1790s, when the resurgence of stylish painted furniture occurred. By the late 1820s many were stenciled, produced by the same workshops that turned out stencil decorated furniture. The patterns shown here are just some of the over 35 designs available from Rhonda's collection. They are a combination of stenciling, freehand bronze and gold leaf techniques. Colors and sizes can be adjusted to fit your windows and home decor. Please contact Rhonda for more information or to place an order.

Fancy Cornice

Fancy Cornice

Fancy cornice with green background. Gold leaf and polychrome stenciled center motif.

Ostrich Fancy Cornice

Ostrich Fancy Cornice

Large fancy cornice with free hand bronze ostrich inside applied moulding. Polychrome fruit and flower design throughout with gold leaf basket and leaves on upper crest.

Blue Fancy Cornice

Blue Fancy Cornice

Blue background fancy cornice. Gold leaf cornucopias and basket with polychrome fruit designstenciled design.

Black Fancy Cornice

Black Fancy Cornice

Fancy cornice with black background. Simple horizontal leaf motif inside applied moulding with geometric design at left and right.

Eagle NY Style Cornice

Eagle NY Style Cornice

Description to come.

Red NY Style Cornice

Red NY Style Cornice

NY style cornice. Large gold leaf leaf motif with silver stenciled eagle inside. Scenic stenciled and freehand bronze techniques on red background. Maidens carrying baskets and milking cow.

Black NY style cornice

Black NY style cornice

NY style cornice on black background with large gold leaf motif at left and right. Large tree beside house all surrounded by a geometric border.

NY Style Cornice

NY Style Cornice

NY style cornice (often referred to as Hudson River cornices because so many of this style were found in that area) with stenciled and free hand bronze techniques on green background. Cows and sheep left and horse and rider right. Gold Leaf swan and leaf motif at ends.

NY style cornice with gold leaf swan in leaf motif left and right. Castle at left with house and palm trees on right.