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"Gilt: The Radiance of Ancient Treasures and Timeless Beauty" Step into the enchanting world of gilt, where opulence and grandeur reign supreme

Background imageGilt Collection: Madonna and Child, c1918. Artist: Jeanne Labrousse

Madonna and Child, c1918. Artist: Jeanne Labrousse
Madonna and Child, c1918. From The Studio Volume 73. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1918]

Background imageGilt Collection: EyeUbiquitous_10091141

EyeUbiquitous_10091141
Sri Lanka Colombo Face of Golden Buddha on Lotus Road

Background imageGilt Collection: Saint Nicholas of Lipna, 1294. Artist: Alexa Petrov

Saint Nicholas of Lipna, 1294. Artist: Alexa Petrov
Saint Nicholas of Lipna, 1294. Petrov, Alexa (Late 13th century). Russian icon painting. Found in the collection of the State Open-air Museum of History and Architecture Novgorodian Kremlin, Novgorod

Background imageGilt Collection: One of the double doors of the gilt shrine showing the goddess Isis

One of the double doors of the gilt shrine showing the goddess Isis, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageGilt Collection: India, Ladakh, Thiksey. The immense and beautifully gilded Maitreya Buddha in the Chamkhang temple

India, Ladakh, Thiksey. The immense and beautifully gilded Maitreya Buddha in the Chamkhang temple at Thiksey Monastery

Background imageGilt Collection: Cheese dish - Bairnsfatherware

Cheese dish - Bairnsfatherware
Cheese dish with lid made by the Girls of Staffordshire during the Winter of 1917/1918 when the Boys were in the trenches fighting for liberty and civilization

Background imageGilt Collection: The gilt throne, the back decorated with a scene showing the royal couple

The gilt throne, the back decorated with a scene showing the royal couple, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageGilt Collection: Prometheus statue, Rockefeller Center Plaza, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Prometheus statue, Rockefeller Center Plaza, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
USA, New York City, Manhattan, Prometheus statue, Rockefeller Center Plaza

Background imageGilt Collection: Fudo Myo-o, 13th century. Creator: Unknown

Fudo Myo-o, 13th century. Creator: Unknown
Fudo Myo-o, 13th century. A wooden sculpture of an angry looking diety, holding a sword in his right hand and ope in his left, sitting cross-legged on an stylized rock formation

Background imageGilt Collection: Canopic shrine from the tomb of Tutankhamun

Canopic shrine from the tomb of Tutankhamun (reigned 13321323 BC), as discovered by Howard Carter among others in 1922 in the Valley of Kings

Background imageGilt Collection: Portrait of Oscar Wilde - Irish Playwright sitting in chair

Portrait of Oscar Wilde - Irish Playwright sitting in chair
Oscar Wilde (1856-1900) - Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. circa 1885

Background imageGilt Collection: Elegant Ottoman calligraphy

Elegant Ottoman calligraphy
Lovely example of elegant Ottoman calligraphy, topped by a cresent moon

Background imageGilt Collection: Aristocratic French lady bathing and dressing

Aristocratic French lady bathing and dressing
An aristocratic French lady is helped by her maids to bathe and dress

Background imageGilt Collection: Chinese statuette of Kuan-Yin as a Bodhisattva, 12th century

Chinese statuette of Kuan-Yin as a Bodhisattva, 12th century
Late Sung dynasty Chinese statuette of Kuan-Yin, a goddess of mercy, as a Bodhisattva (Buddha-to-be) in wood with traces of gilt and painting

Background imageGilt Collection: Europe, Spain, Salamanca, Madonna and child painting in cathedral

Europe, Spain, Salamanca, Madonna and child painting in cathedral

Background imageGilt Collection: Domestic Pig, Large White gilt, Soundvilla Fanny 62, interbreed champion, Oswestry Show, England

Domestic Pig, Large White gilt, Soundvilla Fanny 62, interbreed champion, Oswestry Show, England

Background imageGilt Collection: Statue of Virgin Mary

Statue of Virgin Mary
A statue of the Virgin Mary in the cathedral at Victoria (Rabat) on the Island of Gozo, part of the Maltese archipelago

Background imageGilt Collection: British Earthworms 20C

British Earthworms 20C
Longworm Earthworm Blueworm Gilt-Tail Brandling Greenworm

Background imageGilt Collection: Mirror case in the form of an ankh, the sign of life, made of gilt wood inlaid with glass-paste

Mirror case in the form of an ankh, the sign of life, made of gilt wood inlaid with glass-paste, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt

Background imageGilt Collection: Gilt wood statuette of Tutankhamun on a boat with a harpoon, from the tomb of the pharaoh

Gilt wood statuette of Tutankhamun on a boat with a harpoon, from the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt, North Africa, Africa

Background imageGilt Collection: Southern Barbarians Come to Trade, pair of six-panel screens, early 17th century (ink

Southern Barbarians Come to Trade, pair of six-panel screens, early 17th century (ink
1152501 Southern Barbarians Come to Trade, pair of six-panel screens, early 17th century (ink, colour, gold & gold leaf on paper) (see also 1152500) by Kano Naizen (1570-1616) (attr)

Background imageGilt Collection: Vase of Flowers on a Mantelpiece, c. 1900. Creator: Edouard Vuillard

Vase of Flowers on a Mantelpiece, c. 1900. Creator: Edouard Vuillard
Vase of Flowers on a Mantelpiece, c. 1900

Background imageGilt Collection: Domestic interior with a mother and child seated at a piano

Domestic interior with a mother and child seated at a piano
A domestic interior with a mother and child seated at a piano, oil on canvas, possibly by Charles West Cope, c.1860, in a gilt frame with moulded decoration and a circular aperture. Date: c.1860

Background imageGilt Collection: St. John and St. Mary Magdalene, detail from Virgin and Child enthroned surrounded by saints

St. John and St. Mary Magdalene, detail from Virgin and Child enthroned surrounded by saints
XIR438870 St. John and St. Mary Magdalene, detail from Virgin and Child enthroned surrounded by saints (tempera on panel) (see also 438871) by Giovanni del Biondo dal Casentino (c.1356-99)

Background imageGilt Collection: Virgin and Child (oil on panel with gold frame)

Virgin and Child (oil on panel with gold frame)
XBP391849 Virgin and Child (oil on panel with gold frame) by Russian School, (18th century); Private Collection; Photo eBoltin Picture Library; Russian, out of copyright

Background imageGilt Collection: White Star Line letter holder

White Star Line letter holder
A wooden letter holder with two compartments, with the words White Star Line printed in gilt on the front

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7336181

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7336173

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7336163

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7336180

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7336164

Background imageGilt Collection: Portrait of a woman, possibly Elisabeth of Denmark, 1524. Creator: Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen

Portrait of a woman, possibly Elisabeth of Denmark, 1524. Creator: Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen
Portrait of a woman, possibly Elisabeth of Denmark, 1524

Background imageGilt Collection: Pope's carriage, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Pope's carriage, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Pope's carriage, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageGilt Collection: Mantel Clock, c1815-19. Creator: Jacques Nicolas Pierre Francois Dubuc

Mantel Clock, c1815-19. Creator: Jacques Nicolas Pierre Francois Dubuc
Mantel Clock, c1815-19

Background imageGilt Collection: Pair Of Candlesticks, c1775-80. Creator: James Giles

Pair Of Candlesticks, c1775-80. Creator: James Giles
Pair Of Candlesticks, c1775-80



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"Gilt: The Radiance of Ancient Treasures and Timeless Beauty" Step into the enchanting world of gilt, where opulence and grandeur reign supreme. From the hallowed halls of ancient Egypt to the serene temples of Ladakh, it has adorned some of history's most revered artifacts. In the Valley of the Kings, amidst Tutankhamun's tomb, stands a double door that captivates with its intricate detailing. A glimpse reveals the goddess Isis in all her golden glory, an embodiment of power and mystique. Traveling eastward to India's Ladakh region, one encounters a sight that leaves onlookers awestruck. Inside the Chamkhang temple lies a colossal Maitreya Buddha shimmering with gold leaf. Its sheer size and exquisite gilding evoke a sense of divinity. Venturing further back in time, we encounter Saint Nicholas of Lipna through Alexa Petrov's artistry. This 13th-century masterpiece showcases his saintly figure against a backdrop embellished with delicate gilt accents - an homage to faith and devotion. But it is not only religious icons that have been graced by this resplendent technique. Even everyday objects like cheese dishes can be transformed into works of art through Bairnsfatherware's skilled craftsmanship. Royalty too has embraced gilt as their symbol of majesty. Behold the magnificent throne adorned with scenes depicting regal couples - an emblematic representation of power and authority throughout history. Across continents in China, Kuan-Yin emerges as a Bodhisattva bathed in golden radiance from head to toe. This 12th-century statuette exudes compassion and serenity while showcasing Chinese mastery over gilded art forms. Turning our attention to portraiture, Oscar Wilde sits elegantly in his chair as if draped in liquid gold itself - capturing both his flamboyant persona and enduring literary legacy for generations to come.