Imitation gilding

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The color of gold gilding has been imitated since medieval time using a transparent yellow glaze over silver or tin leaf. In the 19th century, bronze leaf was also used as a gold imitation (see Dutch metal). Currently, imitation gold leaf is made from tinted sheets of aluminum or white gold (palladium and platinum).

Synonyms and Related Terms

imitation gilt; imitation gold leaf ; imitation de dorure (Fr.); imitatie vergulding (Ned.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986

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