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Specialist Decoration - Gilding

Specialist Decoration - Gilding

A number of gilding elements have been featured in our designs and commissions. Our highly trained gilders have completed many projects from historic, traditional and contemporary interiors, bespoke items of furniture and fibrous plaster treatments.

Specialist Decoration - GildingGilding encompasses an array of specialist decorative techniques including fine brush skills and sign writing. The term Gilding defines the application of gold and metal leaf as a final ornamentation or embellishment for interior and exterior surfaces such as wood, stone, metal, plaster and furniture.

Gold Leaf is really spectacular; it is an effect which cannot be created with any form of paint. Instead, thin leaves of real gold are applied giving the effect of a solid gold surface. Gold leaf can be used internally or externally as it is pure and can be left in its natural state as does not oxidise.

Metal or Gold leaves can be mixed between different metals or alloys. This can create the different colours for use in various finishes such as moon gold (which is a pinkish gold), Palladium (a silvery gold). Different karats or weights too will also offer numerous tonalities. There are metal finishes like Dutch metal (a mix of copper and zinc) that have the effect of gold but as it is not pure it needs sealing to prevent oxidising. Silver leaf has a slightly warmer tone than aluminium but again this needs to be sealed as it will rapidly oxidise.

We also create metal patina finishes for our paint and plaster designs. These encompass finishes like aged bronze, antique gold, contemporary champagne coloured silvers and verdigris copper.

A recent example of our gilding can be seen adorning the domed roof of the Wimbledon theatre where a gold leaf finish was applied to the statue replica of the Goddess of Gaiety (or Laetitia, as the angel is affectionately known). This gilding was part of a commemorative restoration marking the venue's 100th birthday. The Statue was removed in World War II as it was thought to be a direction finding device for German bomber aircrafts and replaced in 1991.

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