Versailles Palace from a decorative painter’s eye: Gilding

22K, oil size surface leaf on the gate of the Palace of Versailles.  Notice the background palace with gilded roof done with same gold.  There are several million dollar worth of gold in the gilding at the palace.  Remember: real gold is an inalterable material (it does not oxidize or rust) and therefore,  perfect for […]

Traditional Water Gilding

Prior to the 19th century, water gilding was the only method used for all gilding projects.  Today, this method is mostly used for frames, furniture accents, restoration projects, and other small and intricate projects.   Water gilding takes years to perfect.  As you will read, there are many steps that require patience and skill.   This type […]