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Mason Monterey AFrame

Gamblin Tests the Monterey Colors

GAMBLIN MASON MONTEREYMPF Conservation mixed paint colors with the assistance of the pigments of Gamblin Artist Colors. Jamee Linton-Kelly and Scott Gellatly brought all the many Gamblin Oil Paints to the MPFC studio and saved us from buying paints for mixing, and possible false starts. It was a morning of mixing basic colors, and after that, we purchased the pigments needed for the project, and the base colors were tweaked until they matched in many types of lighting.

However, we wanted to also test the colors if at all possible to add to the body of historical information MPFC has gathered.

Monterey Gamblin Color TestsRobert Gamblin, the founder of Gamblin Artist Colors and Gamblin Conservation Colors, offered to test the existing colors of several well-chosen classic pieces of Oregon Caves Monterey furniture. The items selected were chosen for their range of colors on a given piece.

While the tests are not definitive, it allowed us to confirm suppositions on color ranges and to confer with a master of color pigments on the colors used in the finishes. Mostly, Robert confirmed conclusions, but he had a few ideas which were different than ours.

Monterey AFrame GamblinThe testing performed was problematic in that Mason colors are a layering of many pigments to achieve what Mason called "Straw Ivory," "Smokey Maple" or any of the many finish colors offered. Still we chose our testing point carefully and Robert took several readings of hard-to-test areas. MPFC will be publishing a paper on the colors, pigments and finish buildup next year.

Monterey Gamblin Color TestsMonterey Gamblin Colors Test
Above, Robert testing the colors. Below, pinpointing the test sites, center, and more testing images. The machine is a CM-2500d Konica Minolta Spectrophotometer.
Monterey Lamp Table
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Mason Horseshoe-back Monterey Chair

Note: We are interested in obtaining broken down Mason Monterey (or other brands in the genre, such as Del Rey or Coronado) to repair and possibly restore.

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IMPERIAL MONTEREY For information on the Imperial "Monterey" line
used at Crater Lake National Park,
see our page on the three dozen
pieces previously damaged, and restored by MPFC for the
Crater Lake Science and Learning Center.

To see private client images, visit our Painted (Polychrome) + Lacquer Objects.

For more information visit these pages:
Wooden Objects, Traditional Finishes, Institutional Clients or Conservation practice.


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