Gilding at Versailles

Gilding at Versailles is a must have for gilders! This book was written by the head conservator of Versailles. This is a rare view into the secret world of one of the most illustrious French chateaux’s. The authors did not preserve any secrets and show valuable, time-honored gilding techniques. Spanning 4 centuries, the amount of gilding […]

An artisan in Versailles: Laurent Hissier

I want to share an inspiring story about the current head of the gilding restoration department at the Chateau de Versailles, France, Laurent Hissier.   This man has become a master with humble beginnings.  I know this can be a common story, but this is special. In 1990, Laurent Hissier was hired as a night watchman […]