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Barbara Oberlerchner-Nemec

Barbara Oberlerchner-Nemec Gilder
Contact
German, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+43 6644366922
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Gilding the past and present

  • • Some pieces take Barbara 30 different steps to complete
  • • She collaborates with carpenters, carvers and sculptors
  • • She is evangelical, yet gilds sumptuous catholic altars

An exchange with a gilder at the age of 16 made Barbara Oberlerchner-Nemec fall for 'her' profession. She created her own recipe for success by looking for apprenticeships and moving to the baroque capital of Vienna to seek the advice of masters. She quickly abandoned art history courses in favour of working for several gilding companies, all the while experimenting with colours and ornamentation techniques in a small workshop with colleagues. Assignments for castles and palaces allowed her to launch her own company in 2006. She collaborates with the Imperial Furniture Collection, dating back to the Empress Maria Theresa, documenting each step, from the chalk base and the mix of pigments to the final polish.

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