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Practical Gilding

Peter and Ann Mactaggart

ISBN: 1-873132-83-2 2002 $15 Paper

The aim of this volume is to demystify the processes of gilding. Descriptions and explanations of the materials, equipment and traditional, professional methods of oil and water gilding are clearly set out in a manner that can be understood both by craftsmen and those who wish to understand and apply these methods today. Originally conceived as a pamphlet for musical instrument makers, the authors soon discovered that by expanding the text they had written a book that would be an essential tool for craftspeople, conservators, gilders, decorative artists, antique dealers and collectors etc. This Archetype edition is a facsimile of the original book published by Mac & Me Ltd. Peter Mactaggart trained with a London furniture restorer before joining the family firm as an antique dealer and restorer. His wife, Ann, trained as a painter at Bath Academy of Art. Since 1970 they have run Mac & Me a small family firm specialising in decoration and its restoration on musical instruments. In the past, Peter has lectured on antique furniture and musical instruments, but more recently they have both become involved with the identification of pigments. They currently act as consultants and run courses on pigment identification techniques.

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