Gilding is the process of applying a thin layer of real or imitation gold to a surface. The process is employed on wood, metal, ivory, leather, paper, glass, porcelain, and fabrics and is used to embellish the decorative elements, domes, and vaults of buildings.
Gold, or a substitute, may be applied in leaf form to a surface prepared by a treatment of size, mercury, acid, or heat. The applied leaf is burnished or left matte.
Gold leafing or gilding is used on architectural ornamentation, walls and ceilings.
Another great art form is chinoiserie, using gold leaf for backgrounds.
Silver leaf, Palladium, and more affordable Aluminum leaf is very popular on ceilings, walls and furniture.
The art of gilding is of ancient origin. It was lavishly employed in Egypt, Greece, and Rome and during the Renaissance and has been used continuously in Asia. – From Columbia Encyclopedia: gilding
Gilding can be antiqued for a elegant aged look,
Decorative ornament and molding can be gilded.
Gold and Silver leaf on ceilings,walls and furniture in CT / NY
Marc’s Favorite books on Gilding.
Besides residential gilding in dining rooms, Marc also services restaurants, museums, businesses, educational buildings and public places.
MJP Studios specializes in Decorative painting, Faux finishes, Gilding, Venetian plasters, Trompe l’oeil Murals and Portraiture in all mediums.
For more info and pricing go to –http://mjpfaux.com/gilding-gold-silver-leafing/
Also see- Painted Furniture, Faux painted Fireplace- Mantels, Mural Painting