Definition of parcel-gilt in English:



  • (of an item of furniture, silverware, or similar) partly gilded, especially on the inner surface only.

    • ‘The second dessert set consists of eighteen dessert knives with parcel-gilt blades and a frosted finish (Pl. II).’
    • ‘On the oak cabinet are two exquisite objects that represent the sort of small decorative arts that might have been in a collector's cabinet: a nautilus shell cup and a silver and parcel-gilt covered cup.’
    • ‘Lot five is described as a parcel-gilt silver Japanesque flatware service circa 1878.’
    • ‘His proposals, which were all executed by Holland and Sons, who were awarded the contract, employ Puginian motifs in a heavily ornamental way, designed to be executed in parcel-gilt walnut.’
    • ‘The busts, as well as the silver and parcel-gilt decorations, are by the Augsburg goldsmith Ludwig Schneider.’
    • ‘Grand pyxides could be made in silver, such as the Swinburn Pyx, c. 1310 (London, V & A), a parcel-gilt cylindrical box originally decorated with basse-taille enamel.’


From parcel in the technical adjectival sense ‘partial’ + gilt.