Category Archives: Gilding

Gold and Silver Leafing

For more then 7000 years, mankind decorated all sorts of surfaces and items that presented an idealistic value with fine layers of gold. For this purpose gold dust or gold leaf was used. Vassari (1511 – 1574) writes that a gold coin, 1 Dukaten, was […]

Not all the glitters is made of Gold.
The advent of the gold bronze paint.

Gilding in its traditional sense means covering a surface with sheets of Gold Leaf. Broadly one differentiates between oil and water gilding techniques. This was a craft and skill that had to be acquired through rigorous training. After three years of a guilder’s apprenticeship one […]