Gilding - (Decoration Fine Art Ceramics) Glossary of Antique Terms G

Gilding - (Decoration, Fine Art, Ceramics) Decorating an items accent points with a thin layer of gold. The extreme malleability of gold permits a thin skin of it to be fixed to a plaster ground. The two chief methods of gilding with gold leaf are Water gilding and Oil gilding. Water gilding is applied over a ground of sizing and whiting to which a paste of red clay and parchment size has been added. When dry, the surface is made wet and the gold leaf applied. In oil gilding the piece is painted with gold size, left on for some hours, and the gold leaf applied when still tacky. The surface is then spirit-varnished with sizing.


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