A large George III style giltwood salon mirror, 19th century, the oval plate within an ornate pierced and carved acanthus leaf and classical motif surround. Height 146 cm. Width 96 cm
giltwood. Giltwood is used to describe a gold finish on furniture and other decorative wooden items, whereby a thin sheet of gold metal, called gold leaf, is applied to the surface for decorative purposes.
Unlike gilding, where the gold leaf is applied over a coating of gesso, with giltwood the gold leaf is applied direct to the surface, or over a coat of linseed oil gold leaf adhesive.
Most gold-finished mirrors will be gilded, whereas furniture with gold highlights will have the gold applied through the giltwood method.
acanthus. A stylized leaf motif, one of the primary decorative elements of classical Greek and Roman architecture. Used as a decorative element in English, European and Australian furniture, particularly on the curve of a leg, and as decoration for a corbel.
pierced decoration. Ornamental woodwork with part of the background cut through and removed to produce an open-work pattern.
George III. George III (1738 - 1820) was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 to 1820.
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