Palladium leaf

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A thin silverly-white leaf of metallic Palladium. Palladium is a ductile, malleable metal that is resistant to tarnishing and unaffected by acids and pollutants. Palladium leaf is used for lettering and decorating books and as a substitute for silver in exterior gilding.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Blattpalladium (Deut.); hoja de paladio (Esp.); blad palladium (Ned.); folha de paládio (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 572
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Conservation Support Systems, Catalog, 1997