Parchment roses are decorative elements in the sound holes of harpsichords, mandolins and baroque guitars. Traditionally they are cut by hand with stamps from parchment (made from kidskin or goatskin) but these roses are laser cut with great precision from archive quality, mold-made papers and sized with pva (vegetarian parchment roses).
They are sometimes lavishly gilded with several layers of genuine gold leaf and have certain elements painted with high quality pigments. The designs can be adapted to suit your requirements.
Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your details and specifications. Payment can be either by direct transfer or by Paypal.
£210 gilded, two tiers, three layers each, with painted background
£185 gilded simpler, one layer (tier) version (second picture)
£160 one tier version, un-gilded (not pictured)
A large, complex, rose dating from 1574. The rose is in three layers and two tiers, with bright-coloured background sections set back from the surface. (The rose is framed by a turned wooden surround provided by the client). You could just have the single main layer on it's own.
133mm point to point
A lovely large star-shaped rose made from three layers in a very elaborate pattern. The whole rose is 153 but can be trimmed down to suit.
A beautiful small, two-tiered rose. Each tier has two layers. The central circle set back from the outer ring. Can be supplied as one piece to apply from above, or as two pieces, the lower circle being inserted from beneath (this costs an additional £15).
77mm pattern diameter
A simple and elegant rose dating from 1774, two layers, one tier that looks lovely gilded or un-gilded.
Queen Elizabeth's Virginal
£185 gilded and painted
£165 gilded only
A complex twisting design of three layers.
150mm total diameter
£200 gilded (not pictured)
A large, complex design with two layers on two tiers. The central triangle is set back from the surround by decorative supports.
113.5mm outer ring
82mm inner ring
£185 gilded (not pictured)
A beautiful and elegant design in two parts on two levels. The central circle is fixed below the sound hole and the outer ring is applied from above.
started making these at the suggestion of my friend Alan Gotto who has
used many of my roses in his wonderful, beautiful harpsichords (Alan Gotto Harpsichords). They
are, despite the laser cutting, very much hand-crafted objects. The
designs are drawn by hand and the paper is a responsive material to work
with. The processes of assembly, gilding and painting mean each rose is
individual and unique.
I am willing to undertake new
designs, based on photos sent by clients but there is a £25 surcharge
for this. The surcharge doesn't even remotely cover the time taken
working up the design, but is there to encourage you to choose one I
already have the design made up for!