INFORM guide: information for historic building owners. Gilding Techniques, Care and Maintenance

Historic Scotland, Technical Conservation, Research and Education Group (2007) INFORM guide: information for historic building owners. Gilding Techniques, Care and Maintenance. . 8p . [Journal]

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Abstract (in English)

Gilding is the application of thin layers of metal, most commonly gold, onto a surface. It is often to be found as decoration for picture frames and furniture, but architectural gilding can also be found on detailing in the decoration of rooms, or on external details such as heraldry and inscription panels. Historically, the process has been used since ancient Egyptian times. However, it was during the period of Victorian opulence that Scotland saw gilding become more prominent as a widely used internal and external decorative feature. The high cost of gilding meant that its use projected a show of wealth by an individual or corporate body designed to impress. As a result it is often found in high quality private and public buildings. Despite this status, many fine examples are under threat due to a lack of care or poor, ill informed, attempts at maintenance. This INFORM aims to provide a brief introduction to gilding, its proper care and conservation.

Item Type: Journal
Authors:
AuthorsEmail
Jenkins, MosesUNSPECIFIED
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Jenkins, Moseshs.conservation.bureau@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Corporate Authors: Historic Scotland, Technical Conservation, Research and Education Group
Languages: English
Keywords: gilding; conservation; restoration; gilding techniques; gilding materials; maintenance; care; deterioration; historic buildings; Scotland; historic buildings; private ownership; decorations and ornaments; coatings; techniques of conservation
Subjects: C.ARCHITECTURE > 07. Decorations and ornaments
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 01. Generalities
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 12. Techniques
F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 01. Generalities
G.DETERIORATION > 01. Generalities
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 05. Europe
Title of the issue: Gilding Techniques, Care and Maintenance
Number of Pages: 8
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 09:05
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 09:05
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1800

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