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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Style
  1. Neoclassical 103
  2. Louis XVI 50
  3. Empire 37
  4. Rococo 24
  5. Louis XV 24
  6. Belle Époque 17
  7. Floral 16
  8. Boulle 12
  9. Napoleon III 11
  10. Classical 10
  11. Victorian 9
  12. Figurative Art 7
  13. Renaissance 7
  14. Baroque 7
  15. Birds / Ornithology 6
  16. Louis XIV 6
  17. Sèvres 5
  18. Egyptian Revival 5
  19. Mythological 5
  20. Restauration 3
  21. Transitional 3
  22. Japonisme 3
  23. Chinoiserie 3
  24. Aesthetic Movement 3
  25. Régence 3
  26. Gothic 2
  27. Art Nouveau 2
  28. Music / Musical 2
  29. Russian Interest 2
  30. Fête Galante 2
  31. Romantic 1
  32. Still life 1
  33. Academic 1
  34. Persian interest 1
  35. Meiji 1
  36. Islamic 1
  37. Georgian 1
  38. Edwardian 1
  39. Arabesque 1
  40. Animal / Animalier 1
  41. Japanese Interest 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 189
  2. Marble 79
  3. Wood 55
  4. Mahogany 48
  5. Mirror 32
  6. Giltwood 31
  7. Marquetry 30
  8. Ebonised Wood 28
  9. Glass 20
  10. Porcelain 19
  11. Brass 17
  12. Parquetry 17
  13. Kingwood 16
  14. Gilt 15
  15. Satinwood 13
  16. Patinated Bronze 13
  17. Malachite 12
  18. Tortoiseshell 10
  19. Leather 10
  20. Onyx 9
  21. Rosewood 9
  22. Tulipwood 8
  23. Metal 7
  24. Hardstone 7
  25. Pietra Dura 7
  26. Upholstery 7
  27. Enamel - Champlevé 6
  28. Velvet 5
  29. Vernis Martin 5
  30. Amboyna 5
  31. Ebony 4
  32. Lacquer 4
  33. Fruitwood 4
  34. Enamel 3
  35. Bronze 3
  36. Amethyst 2
  37. Painted Wood 2
  38. Walnut 2
  39. Lapis Lazuli 2
  40. Enamel - Cloisonné 2
  41. Satin 2
  42. Scagliola 2
  43. Steel 1
  44. Fabric 1
  45. Faience 1
  46. Fluorspar 1
  47. Sycamore 1
  48. Griotte Marble 1
  49. Silvered bronze 1
  50. Silk 1
  51. Sienna Marble 1
  52. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  53. Hardwood 1
  54. Porphyry 1
  55. Ivory 1
  56. Pewter 1
  57. Papier-mâché 1
  58. Oil on Board 1
Colour
  1. Gold 213
  2. Brown 134
  3. Black 50
  4. Multi-coloured 44
  5. Green 38
  6. White 37
  7. Red 27
  8. Blue 18
  9. Cream 14
  10. Grey 14
  11. Clear 11
  12. Pink 9
  13. Yellow 5
  14. Purple 5
  15. Silver 4
  16. Orange 4
  17. Metallic 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 183
  2. English 17
  3. Italian 17
  4. Continental 5
  5. Russian 3
  6. Austrian 1
  7. Belgian 1
  8. German 1
  9. Japanese 1
  10. Persian 1
  11. Spanish 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 91
  2. 19th Century 74
  3. Early 20th Century 31
  4. 20th Century 22
  5. Early 19th Century 8
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 3
Artist / Maker
  1. Mercier Frères (French, est. 1828) 6
  2. Riesener, Jean Henri (French, 1735-1806) 6
  3. Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896) 5
  4. Au Gros Chêne (French, est. 19th Century) 5
  5. Linke, François (French, 1855-1946) 5
  6. Boulle, André-Charles (French, 1642-1732) 4
  7. Sèvres (French, founded 1738) 4
  8. Edwards & Roberts (British, founded 1845) 3
  9. Sormani, Paul (French, 1817-1877) 3
  10. Ross, Donald (British, 1830-1916) 3
  11. Giroux, Alphonse (French, 1809-1886) 3
  12. Leleu, Jean-Francois (French, 1729-1807) 3
  13. Durand et fils (French, 1890-1934) 2
  14. Grohé, Guillaume (French, active 1829-1884) 2
  15. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel (German/French, b. 1849) 2
  16. Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892) 2
  17. Zwiener Jansen Successeur (French, active late 19th / early 20th Century) 2
  18. Maison Krieger, (French, fl. 1826 - c.1910) 2
  19. Weisweiler, Adam (French, 1744-1820) 2
  20. Viardot, Gabriel (French, 1830-1906) 2
  21. Duvinage, Ferdinand (French, 1813-1874) 1
  22. Chippendale, Thomas (English, 1718-1779) 1
  23. Rosel (Belgian, 1874 to early 20th Century) 1
  24. Meyer, Bernard-Alfred (French, 1832-1904) 1
  25. Benneman, Guillaume (French, 1750-post 1811) 1
  26. Carlin, Martin (French, active 1766-1785) 1
  27. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory (Austrian, founded 1718) 1
  28. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. (French, fl. c 1882) 1
  29. Della Valle Brothers (Italian, fl. 19th Century) 1
  30. Poteau, Edmond (French, fl. 1850s-1890s) 1
  31. Érard (French, 1777-1971) 1
  32. Deveraux (French, active 19th Century) 1
  33. Maison Mottheau et fils (French, 19th Century) 1
  34. Maison Millet (French, fl. 1853-1918) 1
  35. Druce & Co (English, fl. 19th Century) 1
  36. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (German, founded 1763) 1
  37. Jennens & Bettridge (English, fl. 1815-1864) 1
  38. Grade, Louis (French, active 19th Century) 1
  39. Thiébaut Frères (French, c. 1775-1926) 1

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