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MFA# 22.395


A thin layer of gold or other metal applied as a decorative surface finish. The metal may be applied as a thin leaf, by electroplating, or as a thin paint layer. Gilding is used on paintings, furniture, frames, sculptures, and book edges.

See also Cold gilding, Fire gilding, Oil gilding, Water gilding, Silver gilding, and Ormolu.

MFA# 36.640

Synonyms and Related Terms

gilt; gilded;

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Janet Burnett Grossman, Looking at Greek and Roman Sculpture in Stone, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2003