Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
Artists and craftsmen have used for centuries techniques to accelerate the speed and to have greater control of those inevitable effects of ageing. Copper roofs have been treated with acid to speed-up 'verdigris' which rain and pollutants would have caused anyhow. Artists have used coloured tints and varnished to mellow the colour of the paints used. Gilders have rubbed soot into the crevices of newly gilded decorations. August Rodin is supposed to have encouraged his assistants to urinate over finished bronze sculpture sitting in the back yard.
'Antique' finishes in leather are just the same. Whether or not you like the sponged effect of 'Museum calf' is just a question of preference and taste. In principle this finish is not different from marbleized paper or stucco marble (which was during the Baroque a more preferred and more expensive method than natural marble as it allowed the craftsman the absolute freedom of colour and swirls which the natural stone would not allow).This division into 'good' and 'bad' patina is absurd
. All patina is acquired, whether I use the long or the short route, whether it takes one hundred years or one hour.
^And this is just sophistry. It's tantamount to claiming that paint is a patina.
These are the very same techniques that counterfeiters and hoaxers use. It doesn't make them "patina." And no matter how it is achieved such "stains' never really replicate a natural patina.
If nothing else, the distinction can be found in the intent. Patina is honest--a product of honest use and care. "Antiquing" is an attempt to make something look like what it is not. And there's a lot of that in the leather Trade.
Originally Posted by chogall studied sprezz, paying top dollars to look hobo, going bespoke to look worn
...corrected grain leather pretending to be quality, GY marketed as excellence (or near-as-nevermind). Tofu turducken. You can always tell, simply because all these people and techniques aspire to be, and masquerade as, something they are not. It's all cut from the same cloth.Applied
patinas...in any form...are not only an oxymoron, they are, at bottom, a studied deception....as is the strained and specious attempts to legitimize them.
And just for the record...there's nothing wrong with antiquing. I'll antique shoes esp. gimped edges to accentuate those edges and those lines. But it is what it is--antiquing
. It's not patina. Nor is it forced or destructive...as it would be if leather is left out in the sun.
--Edited by DWFII - 7/27/13 at 7:00am