More than 4,000 years ago the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Phoenicia and China discovered that gold could be hammered between layers of animal skin to produce thin leaves (1/250,000 inches thick).
It was then laid on to a substrate made of metal, wood, lacquer, plaster etc. to give it the appearance of being made of solid gold.
The gilding techniques that were used in the time of the Jade Emperor are the same gilding techniques that are used to this day.
Dominic Schuster Ltd work with all types of leaf, including gold, white gold, silver, palladium and aluminium. Using traditional methods and recipes, we are able restore and conserve our antiques for the future.