Metal leaf

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Metal leaf on paper support

Description

A very thin sheet of metal. Some metals, such as gold, silver, palladium, platinum, aluminum, tin and Dutch metal (brass) are ductile enough to be beaten or rolled into very thin sheets for use in gilding.

Authority

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)

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