The path through years of artistry and time-honoured high-end craftsmanship continues, with Boca do Lobo Blog letting you in on all the secrets that make our furniture designs truly iconic and unique. Gold has always been a strong part of our DNA, and our artisans have become masters in manipulating this treasured material. Much like Filigree, Leaf Gilding is an intricate part of our essence.
Gilding, and Leaf Gilding specifically, is one of the most luxurious ancient crafting techniques. It is a decorative technique in which master artisans apply a very thin coating of metal, usually gold, to solid surfaces such as metal, wood, porcelain, or stone.
Gold Leaves are created from gold that is hammered into thin sheets by gold beating, then they will be used for leaf gilding. The most commonly used gold is 22 karats yellow gold, while pure gold is 24. Even though the gold leaf is a metal leaf, usually the term metal leaf is used while referring to other metals.
Leaf Gilding in specific is a time-consuming technique, the traditional water gilding is the most difficult way but it remains unchanged for hundreds of years, and it is still done by hand in our studio.
Although being highly associated with gold leaves, leaf gilding isn’t limited to just gold finishes. Many other finishes are available, most specifically in a variety of colours, this allows our creations to play with the line between honouring of ancestry and still allow our pieces to have a contemporary design.