Skilled in Old School
Stippling and oil painting by hand is a nearly lost art in this age of spray and air-brush. Running Horse Studio prefers the old fashioned way that also includes hand-painted striping, flourishes and designs. Lourinda Bray hand rubs brown paints into hues of rich, Corinthian leather for saddles and trappings.

Color Research
We use factory colors and can return a piece to its own original factory paint, if we see bits and colors of it during restoration. Or we can deliver a bright new horse in colors you choose.

Gold and Aluminum Leafing

Several original factories used lavish leafing and glazing to create glittering, stunning works of art. Think the Coney Island steeds of Marcus Illions. Running Horse Studio can flaunt as much as much, or be discreet with this vibrant, painstaking style ~ as fits your desire.


Tinted Glazes

Metal leafing is all hand done in the time-honored way using practiced and tedious techniques, 23 carat yellow gold, Japanese white gold and Japanese aluminum leaf, carefully burnished before expertly glazed with a transparent wash of tints according to classic carousel formulas.

When the figure is completed a final coat of clear, non-yellowing varnish is applied over the entire piece with the exception of the metal leaf, to leave a satin finish in contrast to the bright reflection of the shimmering leaf and glazing.

The painting, metal leafing and transparent glazing is meticulously completed by our expert at Running Horse Studio.

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Studio Cat, Buster checks out final design preparations