What is gilding?

  • (noun): A coating of gold or of something that looks like gold.
    Synonyms: gilt


The term gilding covers a number of decorative techniques for applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone, or metal to give a thin coating of gold. A gilded object is described as "gilt". Where metal is gilded, it was traditionally usually silver in the West, to make silver-gilt (or "vermeil") objects, but gilt-bronze is much used in China, and also called ormolu if it is Western. Methods of gilding include hand application and glueing, chemical gilding, and electroplating, the last also called gold plating. Parcel-gilt (partial gilt) objects are only gilded over part of their surfaces. This may mean that all of the inside, and none of the outside, of a chalice or similar vessel is gilded, or that patterns or images are made up by using a combination of gilt and un-gilt areas.

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Some articles on gilding:

Lippo Memmi - Stamp Work With Gold Leaf and Tin
... likely settled into a familiar style in gilding patterns with the Monaldeschi altarpiece in Orvieto from about 1320 consisting of a “composite punch design of a quatrefoil set ... Maestà at San Gimignano is striking in the various methods of pastiglia and gilding work used ... Stamp designs, gilding and the execution of rayed halos are similar, yet show that Lippo Memmi's mature gild and scribe work patterns in the 1317 San Gimignano Maestà are rooted in ...
Painterwork - Gilding, Et Cetera
... cost about one-third of the price of genuine gilding, and require to be protected from oxidization by a coat of lacquer ... The best and most durable work is oil gilding, which involves less labor, and results in a richer appearance than other methods ... For burnished gilding the work must be covered with various coats of gluten, plaster and bole, which last is mixed with gold size to secure the adhesion of the ...
Gilding Processes - Ceramics
... The gilding of decorative ceramics has been undertaken for centuries, with the permanence and brightness of gold appealing to designers ... This form of gilding was invented or at least improved by Heinrich Roessler ...
Depletion Gilding - Applications
... Depletion gilding is a decorative process, with no significant industrial applications ... However, depletion gilding was widely used in antiquity ... Some form of depletion gilding has been used by nearly every culture that developed metalworking ...
Limn - Techniques - Gilding
... The application of gold leaf or dust to an illumination is a very detailed process that only the most skilled illuminators can undertake and successfully achieve ... The first detail an illuminator considered when dealing with gold was whether to use gold leaf or specks of gold that could be applied with a brush ...

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