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the traditional art of applying gold and silver leaf to a specially prepared surface
water gilding, tradition/restoration onto a prepared gesso and china clay ground, the leaf is laid with water onto the glass like surface forming a permanent bond. Commonly found on traditional (and modern) furniture, mirror frames, palace and stately home interiors etc. Often distressed to look old.
oil gilding the traditional art of applying gold and silver leaf to a specially prepared surface. Applying an oil based glue (size) onto a non-porous surface internally or externally. Commonly seen on architectural metalwork, fibrous plaster mouldings, furniture etc. Lasts about 20 years.
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