Gilt Furniture

To gild something is literally to make it appear gold, and gilding as a technique involves the application of a thin coating of gold to a surface. Gilt furniture refers to pieces produced using any of several techniques, from the application of gold leaf or gold paint to a surface, to the use of chemical processes to produce a golden patina (such as in ormolu or bronze doré).

Gilt furniture became popular during the Baroque, when dramatic and vibrant colour was an important stylistic attribute. Gilding remained a popular decorative technique and aesthetic style during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when gilt bronze, particularly gilt bronze mounts, was prized as a symbol of luxury and excellence. Gilt furniture retains these connotations to this day, as demonstrated by Mayfair Gallery’s extensive collection of antique gilt furniture visible below.

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  1. Neoclassical 82
  2. Louis XVI 43
  3. Louis XV 30
  4. Empire 29
  5. Rococo 26
  6. Floral 16
  7. Belle Époque 13
  8. Napoleon III 10
  9. Boulle 9
  10. Victorian 9
  11. Baroque 9
  12. Classical 8
  13. Figurative Art 7
  14. Sèvres 6
  15. Birds / Ornithology 5
  16. Louis XIV 5
  17. Renaissance 5
  18. Egyptian Revival 5
  19. Mythological 4
  20. Japonisme 3
  21. Restauration 3
  22. Régence 3
  23. Fête Galante 2
  24. Art Nouveau 2
  25. Russian Interest 2
  26. Chinoiserie 2
  27. Animal / Animalier 2
  28. Transitional 2
  29. Music / Musical 2
  30. Gothic 2
  31. Still life 1
  32. Romantic 1
  33. 20th and 21st Century Design 1
  34. Persian interest 1
  35. Meiji 1
  36. Japanese Interest 1
  37. Academic 1
  38. Edwardian 1
  39. Contemporary 1
  40. Chinese Interest 1
  41. Arts & Crafts 1
  42. Arabesque 1
  43. Aesthetic Movement 1
  44. Islamic 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 170
  2. Marble 67
  3. Wood 47
  4. Mahogany 44
  5. Giltwood 37
  6. Marquetry 27
  7. Ebonised Wood 23
  8. Mirror 23
  9. Glass 23
  10. Porcelain 20
  11. Kingwood 17
  12. Parquetry 17
  13. Malachite 13
  14. Gilt 12
  15. Patinated Bronze 11
  16. Satinwood 11
  17. Leather 11
  18. Brass 11
  19. Upholstery 10
  20. Rosewood 9
  21. Tortoiseshell 7
  22. Onyx 7
  23. Tulipwood 6
  24. Vernis Martin 6
  25. Amboyna 6
  26. Hardstone 6
  27. Velvet 5
  28. Metal 5
  29. Pietra Dura 4
  30. Enamel - Champlevé 4
  31. Lacquer 3
  32. Bronze 3
  33. Ebony 3
  34. Mother-of-Pearl 2
  35. Scagliola 2
  36. Tapestry 2
  37. Fruitwood 2
  38. Enamel 2
  39. Silk 2
  40. Gilt Metal 2
  41. Painted Wood 2
  42. Silvered bronze 2
  43. Steel 1
  44. Walnut 1
  45. Stained Glass 1
  46. Lapis Lazuli 1
  47. Sienna Marble 1
  48. Semi-precious stones 1
  49. Satin 1
  50. Fabric 1
  51. Porphyry 1
  52. Faience 1
  53. Papier-mâché 1
  54. Hardwood 1
  55. Oil on Board 1
  56. Amethyst 1
  57. Enamel - Cloisonné 1
Colour
  1. Gold 201
  2. Brown 123
  3. Multi-coloured 41
  4. Black 37
  5. Green 34
  6. White 33
  7. Red 24
  8. Blue 16
  9. Cream 15
  10. Clear 13
  11. Grey 11
  12. Pink 7
  13. Orange 5
  14. Purple 4
  15. Silver 4
  16. Yellow 3
  17. Metallic 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 172
  2. English 17
  3. Italian 17
  4. Continental 4
  5. Russian 2
  6. Austrian 1
  7. Belgian 1
  8. Chinese 1
  9. German 1
  10. Japanese 1
  11. Persian 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 87
  2. 19th Century 66
  3. Early 20th Century 30
  4. 20th Century 21
  5. Early 19th Century 8
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 3
  7. 21st Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Linke, François 7
  2. Sèvres 5
  3. Au Gros Chêne 5
  4. Mercier Frères 4
  5. Weisweiler, Adam 4
  6. Ross, Donald 4
  7. Edwards & Roberts 4
  8. Riesener, Jean Henri 4
  9. Boulle, André-Charles 3
  10. Sormani, Paul 3
  11. Leleu, Jean-Francois 2
  12. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel 2
  13. Viardot, Gabriel 2
  14. Dasson, Henry 2
  15. Maison Krieger, 2
  16. Maison Mottheau et fils 1
  17. A. M. E. Fournier 1
  18. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. 1
  19. Poteau, Edmond 1
  20. Rosel 1
  21. Thiébaut Frères 1
  22. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory 1
  23. Jennens & Bettridge 1
  24. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur 1
  25. Aubusson 1
  26. Jacob-Desmalter, François-Honoré-Georges 1
  27. Hugnet, Alexandre 1
  28. Grohé, Guillaume 1
  29. Grade, Louis 1
  30. Érard 1
  31. Durand et fils 1
  32. Druce & Co 1
  33. Deveraux 1
  34. Della Valle Brothers 1
  35. David, José-Maria 1
  36. Chippendale, Thomas 1
  37. Carlin, Martin 1
  38. Barbedienne, Ferdinand 1
  39. Zwiener Jansen Successeur 1

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