A Brief History
In 1929 the Ribas family Gilder´s shop opened in Gracia, a small district of Barcelona. This part of the city is historically known for the rich variety of craftspeople who lived and worked in the area leaving an artistic air which can still be felt in its streets today.
Josep Ribas Fàbregas (Barcelona, 1886-1968), opened the Gilder’s workshop in1929 and started a business with specialsised workers gilding frames and cornucopias and decorating furniture and religious artefacts.
The methods and techniques used in the Ribas workshop have been passed down through the generations. The apprentice learnt through the hands of the senior gilder, conscious that it would only be time and experience which would develop him into a fellow craftsman.
The work of the gilder carries a wide range of technical possibilites; these include delicate work with gold and silver leaf, plaster mouldings, hand painted motifs, applied gesso, burnished and punched scrolling folliage, paint and sgraffito decoration, to give a rich range of artistic finishes. Although we have continued using these original techniques, we have also been open to experiment with the products of today, enabling us to find new and original finishes.
Today the workshop focuses largely on work with furniture, the gilding of cornucopies and the finishing of frames for paintings. Years of experience allow me to give answers to the aesthetic and artistic requests of original paintings and to consolidate projects with galleries in Europe and local museums with international recognition.
Xavier Ribas has a Masters in Fine Art, with a speciality in painting from the University of Barcelona and a Diploma in the speciality of Gilding .
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