Seen as a luxury finish, from frames to décor, the traditional techniques of gilding are still highly desired today. Decorating ornaments and furnishings in many of the properties we work in, this specialised finish is more characteristically seen in properties of period architecture. Locations such as:
Able to bring our expertise in luxury finishes onsite, our restorers can apply gilding to both the interior and exterior of a property. A gilded finish is often associated to be a shiny gold finish but that is not always the case. For antique architectural features, we can recreate an aged appearance to the gold leaf, matching the style and period of the décor. With a full range of gold leaf colours at our availability, the “gold” tone of these leaves can range from a fresher, yellow glow to a brassier, warm gleam. This variety of gold leaf is useful in cases of re-gilding, able to perfectly replicate the finish in tone & luster for a flawless repair.
The way our restorers would apply gold leaf would always depend on the desired result. To cater to the spectrum of finishes, we can apply gold leaf either by oil or water application, each able to achieve different results.
Out of the two, oil gilding is the most time effective method, producing a stunning matte gold finish. Requiring our restorers to only prepare the surface area with oil once, we can then layer the gold leaf directly on top. Practical for external gilding work, this would be our go to method when gilding features such as external plaques and metalwork. For a shiny glazed finish, water gilding is the most appropriate as the gold leaf can be burnished while oil gilding cannot. Only suitable for interior setting, water gilding is the more tedious process out the two methods. A method often used for highly decorative features, the lengthy process is worth it for the more refined, glimmering result.
Featured a lot in framework, you can find out more about our gilding services on our page for frame restoration.