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In gilding, the craftsman applied a thin layer of gold to a surface. In water gilding, he placed a warmed, powdered chalk and a glue-based gesso (a primer) on the wood surface. Then, a layer of bole (a glue-bound, ground clay) was added. Small sheets of gold leaf were applied to the moistened...

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Credit Line

Gift of Eleanor Fayerweather


Object Place

England or America


Overall: 139.7 x 68.6 x 5.1 cm (55 x 27 x 2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany veneer, carved and gilded pine, glass




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