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Versailles Palace From A Decorative Painter’s Eye : Gilding

Pierre Finkelstein Institute took group of 17 students to tour of Palace of Versailles.  Pierre Finkelstein wrote about his visit to the Versailles Palace.  This is one post by Pierre Finkelstein in a series.  See also: Part 1, Real Marble, Real Ornament, Faux Marble

A VISIT BY PIERRE

22K, oil size surface leaf on the gate of the Palace of Versailles.  Notice the background palace with gilded roof done with same gold.  There are several million dollar worth of gold in the gilding at the palace.

If you would like additional information about the process of water gilding and restoration in Versailles, you must get this book, by my friend, Laurent Hissier. If you are interested in gilding during the lively time period of the Palace of Versailles, you would also enjoy this book on the boiseries of the Carnavalet Museum.

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