A thin metallic foil of tin. Tin leaf was sometimes coated with a yellow glaze and used on paintings, frames and polychrome in place of gold leaf in medieval times. In more recent times, thin sheets of tin-lead alloys have been used as protective coverings and moisture barriers.
Synonyms and Related Terms
tinfoil; tin foil; feuille d'étain (Fr.); Blattzinn (Deut.); hoja de estaño (Esp.); bladtin (Ned.); folha de estanho (Port.)
Does not darken or tarnish
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 337
- Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986