Definition of gilding in English:



mass noun
  • 1The process of applying gold leaf or gold paint.

    • ‘His skill in applying color and gilding is remarkable, considering that the twenty-year-old had not completed a normal term of apprenticeship.’
    • ‘The dome restoration was made possible by two private gifts that funded all of the gold leaf used in the gilding as well as other parts of the restoration.’
    • ‘As he found much was still in the developmental stage here, it gave him the welcome opportunity to try out some of his copied recipes for gilding and color-making.’
    • ‘Gold leaf used in gilding is made in much the same way.’
    • ‘One way of gilding gingerbread was to paint it with egg white when hot and dab on the gold.’
    • ‘The project, from the cutting of a thick strip of solid silver bullion to the final gilding, took almost five months to complete.’
    • ‘More than 40 new curators have been taken on, with experts in everything from Chinese painting to metalwork, taxidermy, armoury and gilding.’
    • ‘With this in mind she was determined to completely remove all dirt and corrosion from the domes before the gilding began and pioneered a method to do so.’
    • ‘The skills he acquired from Arthur would later become apparent, particularly in his gilding on glass.’
    • ‘It was like a step-by-step gilding demonstration straight from a Renaissance painting.’
    1. 1.1 The material used in, or the surface produced by, gilding.
      ‘any flaws in the surface will show through the gilding’
      • ‘Instead of gilding and elaborate flourishes, such beds have more modest detailing and are painted in subtle pale greys and beiges.’
      • ‘All the previous repairs to the gilding were removed, and following consolidation of the worm-eaten panel, the losses were filled with gesso and regilded using traditional materials.’
      • ‘The back of the slab had been worn very hollow, but the gilding and colour on the front were found to be in an excellent state of preservation.’
      • ‘Although mass produced, these clocks were finely if not heavily gilded, and some wear should be expected if the gilding is claimed as original.’
      • ‘During World War I and II, new alternatives for the manufacture of frames were created, since trained craftsmen were called to duty and the shortage of gold meant gilding was harder to come by.’
      • ‘The Rococo style, characterized by lavish ornamentation, organic forms and the use of gilding, grew to its height in 18th century France.’
      • ‘In accordance with Victorian taste, the gilding was deliberately removed in 1842.’
      • ‘Over this a surface of gesso, made up of clay, chalk, and size, would be applied in successive layers, and smoothed before paint and gilding was applied.’
      • ‘Digital photographs of the chair were carefully enhanced to clean and brighten the red show cover, enliven the gilding, and replace lost areas of trim.’
      • ‘Later dessert flatware, whether matching the dinner service or not, often had extra embellishment in the form of gilding and/or engraving.’
      • ‘The gold background is original, and although worm damage has resulted in repairs around the left and right edges and in the upper right-hand corner, the gilding is generally well preserved.’
      • ‘Once upon a time it had been gilded, but now the gilding seemed to be tarnishing and flaking - evidently no one came in here to touch up these days.’
      • ‘Like Whistler, he was much concerned with the shade of gold leaf and the play of matte and bright gilding.’
      • ‘He set his goblet on the table between them, fingers lingering to absently trace the gilding.’
      • ‘The public rooms are short on marble and gilding, and long on rustic wood panelling.’
      • ‘At the same time, a modern oil-gilt finish was removed, revealing that nothing survived of the chair's original gilding.’
      • ‘But the original paint and gilding are deteriorating and a replacement roof over the chapel has sagged and is resting on the mediaeval ceiling.’
      • ‘He drew Ms Thomson's attention to the quality of the gilding on the lions and serpents which he described as marvellous.’
      • ‘The chair, with its handsome gilding, is covered in a crimson silk damask that is similar to the original.’
      • ‘You can't scrape off the gilding and pretend that what's left is unchanged in value.’
      ostentation, ornamentation, decoration, embellishment, fanciness, fuss, chichi, garnishing, garnishment, excess
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