GOLD LEAF & GILDING

The art of gilding has existed for centuries. We offer a full range of gold leaf restoration services including application to decorative paint, stencils, wood and plaster moldings, weathervanes, tower clocks and historic cupolas. We can perform gold leaf conservation, restoration and new applications on wood, metal and painted surfaces. Gold leaf is an extremely durable exterior finish when properly applied as it does not oxidize or otherwise tarnish. The leaf is pounded out of nearly pure gold, alloyed with other metals for color, malleability or other properties.


Related Projects

Gold Leaf Restoration and Gilding for State House Library

Gold Leaf Restoration and Gilding for State House Library

Boston
Massachusetts

The State House Library contains six arches over the main reading room, decorated with gilt coffers and rosettes. Blackburn first applied gold leaf to match the original. This surface was then coated with a red brown glaze, and sealed and toned with orange shellac to preserve the sheen and provide depth to the color. A

Decorative Plaster Restoration and Gilding for Historic Stone Building

Decorative Plaster Restoration and Gilding for Historic Stone Building

Providence
Rhode Island

The gilt ornament and decorative paint on the doomed ceiling had been damaged as a result of a chronic roof leak.  So, upon completing the decorative plaster restoration and decorative paint restoration, Blackburn carefully resurfaced the damaged gilt surface, matched the color of the gold and applied the gold leaf where...

Wood Window Restoration and Gilding for Library Cupola

Wood Window Restoration and Gilding for Library Cupola

Concord
Massachusetts

This project involved the gilding and restoration of the library's wooden cupola.  The windows and decorative woodwork were also repaired using epoxy consolidation, and new members were fabricated to replace those that could not be conserved.  As part of the project, Blackburn also did wood window restoration throughout the bulding and repaired the portico columns.

Gilding of Weathervane for Philips Academy Andover

Gilding of Weathervane for Philips Academy Andover

Andover
Massachusetts

Gold leaf restoration is always a cost-effective maintenance solution, since gold leaf can remain in place for forty years of more.  We were contacted by Phillips-Andover School to gild a weathervane that had previously been painted.  This was done while staging was already in place on the building, making removal and re-installation...

Gold Leaf Restoration for Weathervane and Cupola

Gold Leaf Restoration for Weathervane and Cupola

Belmont
MA

Improper gold leaf application and weather damage resulted in areas of loss to the gilt cupola of this historic building. Blackburn completed the application of gold leaf to the cupola and historic eagle weathervane of this historic building, completing this gold leaf restoration and repair job. While the use of...

Tower Clock Gilding and Stenciling for Wesleyan University Chapel

Tower Clock Gilding and Stenciling for Wesleyan University Chapel

Middletown
Connecticut

During the restoration of the Chapel exterior, we were asked to conserve and renew the gold leaf on the four clock dials, including the numerals.  We were able to remove the hands and numerals and complete the leafing in the shop.  When we installed the numerals, we also leafed the minute...