Dutch gilt paper

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A decorated paper embossed with gold or silver in patterns that often imitated brocade and damask prints. Dutch gilt paper, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, was prepared by placing a thin sheet of metal foil over a piece of colored paper. A design, such as a pattern of vines, was then stamped onto the paper using a stencil.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Dutch-gilt paper; Dutch flowered paper

Resources and Citations

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

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