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 85
  2. Louis XVI 47
  3. Empire 32
  4. Rococo 31
  5. Louis XV 29
  6. Floral 18
  7. Belle Époque 17
  8. Baroque 11
  9. Napoleon III 10
  10. Boulle 9
  11. Figurative Art 9
  12. Classical 8
  13. Renaissance 8
  14. Victorian 7
  15. Birds / Ornithology 6
  16. Egyptian Revival 5
  17. Louis XIV 5
  18. Mythological 5
  19. Sèvres 5
  20. Music / Musical 4
  21. Régence 4
  22. Animal / Animalier 3
  23. Art Nouveau 3
  24. Japonisme 3
  25. Restauration 3
  26. Russian Interest 3
  27. Transitional 3
  28. 20th and 21st Century Design 2
  29. Art Deco 2
  30. Chinoiserie 2
  31. Gothic 2
  32. Academic 1
  33. Aesthetic Movement 1
  34. Arabesque 1
  35. Arts & Crafts 1
  36. Chinese Interest 1
  37. Contemporary 1
  38. Edwardian 1
  39. Fête Galante 1
  40. Grand Tour 1
  41. Japanese Interest 1
  42. Landscape 1
  43. Meiji 1
  44. Meissen 1
  45. Modern 1
  46. Romantic 1
  47. Royal / Monarchy 1
  48. Still life 1
  49. Neo-Grec 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 186
  2. Marble 71
  3. Wood 52
  4. Mahogany 50
  5. Giltwood 35
  6. Marquetry 29
  7. Glass 23
  8. Mirror 22
  9. Ebonised Wood 21
  10. Porcelain 20
  11. Kingwood 16
  12. Parquetry 16
  13. Brass 13
  14. Leather 13
  15. Malachite 13
  16. Gilt 11
  17. Patinated Bronze 11
  18. Upholstery 11
  19. Satinwood 10
  20. Hardstone 9
  21. Rosewood 8
  22. Onyx 7
  23. Tortoiseshell 6
  24. Amboyna 5
  25. Pietra Dura 5
  26. Tulipwood 5
  27. Velvet 5
  28. Vernis Martin 5
  29. Gilt Metal 4
  30. Lacquer 4
  31. Metal 4
  32. Ebony 3
  33. Enamel - Champlevé 3
  34. Painted Wood 3
  35. Bronze 2
  36. Cast Iron 2
  37. Enamel 2
  38. Fruitwood 2
  39. Hardwood 2
  40. Micro-mosaic 2
  41. Mother-of-Pearl 2
  42. Scagliola 2
  43. Silk 2
  44. Silvered bronze 2
  45. Walnut 2
  46. Amethyst 1
  47. Enamel - Cloisonné 1
  48. Fabric 1
  49. Faience 1
  50. Griotte Marble 1
  51. Iron 1
  52. Jasper 1
  53. Lapis Lazuli 1
  54. Oak 1
  55. Oil on Board 1
  56. Papier-mâché 1
  57. Porphyry 1
  58. Satin 1
  59. Semi-precious stones 1
  60. Sienna Marble 1
  61. Stained Glass 1
  62. Steel 1
  63. Tapestry 1
Colour
  1. Gold 217
  2. Brown 134
  3. Multi-coloured 44
  4. Black 40
  5. Green 34
  6. White 32
  7. Red 23
  8. Blue 17
  9. Cream 17
  10. Clear 14
  11. Grey 10
  12. Pink 6
  13. Orange 5
  14. Metallic 4
  15. Purple 4
  16. Silver 4
  17. Yellow 2
Country Of Origin
  1. French 189
  2. Italian 17
  3. English 15
  4. Continental 6
  5. Russian 3
  6. Austrian 2
  7. Belgian 1
  8. Chinese 1
  9. German 1
  10. Japanese 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 90
  2. 19th Century 67
  3. Early 20th Century 33
  4. 20th Century 28
  5. Early 19th Century 10
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 3
  7. 21st Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Linke, François 8
  2. Au Gros Chêne 5
  3. Riesener, Jean Henri 5
  4. Ross, Donald 5
  5. Sormani, Paul 5
  6. Boulle, André-Charles 4
  7. Sèvres 4
  8. Weisweiler, Adam 4
  9. Dasson, Henry 3
  10. Edwards & Roberts 3
  11. Grohé, Guillaume 3
  12. Mercier Frères 3
  13. Leleu, Jean-Francois 2
  14. Viardot, Gabriel 2
  15. Zwiener Jansen Successeur 2
  16. A. M. E. Fournier 1
  17. Barbedienne, Ferdinand 1
  18. Carlin, Martin 1
  19. Chippendale, Thomas 1
  20. David, José-Maria 1
  21. de Angelis, Antonio 1
  22. Della Valle Brothers 1
  23. Deveraux 1
  24. Druce & Co 1
  25. Durand et fils 1
  26. Érard 1
  27. Grade, Louis 1
  28. Hugnet, Alexandre 1
  29. Jacob-Desmalter, François-Honoré-Georges 1
  30. Jennens & Bettridge 1
  31. Lorenzl, Josef 1
  32. Maison Forest 1
  33. Maison Krieger, 1
  34. Maison Léger 1
  35. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory 1
  36. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. 1
  37. Poteau, Edmond 1
  38. Rosel 1
  39. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory 1
  40. Thiébaut Frères 1
  41. Winckelsen, Charles-Guillame 1
  42. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel 1
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