Tag Archives: gilding

Restoration of a Coat of Arms

This Coat of Arms is housed in the Michaelis Collection on Greenmarket Square in Cape Town. It was entirely over-painted. The project was challenging on many levels. The museum was open to the public during the time of refurbishment. In order to provide a thoroughfare for […]

Gold and Silver Leafing

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 […]