After we refurbished the 4 pieces from the set, we applied a gilding paste to the accents on the carved decorations. The paste is made out of metals of different colors that resemble various precious metals. So this isn't real gold on the table, no guests will be make a profit by flaking it off! But it looks pretty good doesn't it?
The craft of gold leaf gilding in which leafs of gold are applied to objects for ornamentation, goes back over 4,000 years to Northern Africa where gold foil was applied to wood to give the appearance of being made of solid gold. Some of the finest gilding, however, took place in early 18th century France when Louis XIV desired to show his power through the gilt works of his time, establishing France’s leadership in the decorative arts.