Heraldry & Gilding
Heraldic images go back hundreds of years and were a pictoral story of one’s family ancestry or trade. Certain colours and metals take on special significance, and the content of animals and mythical beasts portray qualities of family bravery or skill. The division of the central shield into quarters or eighths depicts marriages to other noble families.
Hand painted and gilded heraldry is a time honoured tradition which cannot be replicated with modern methods of printing. Gold leaf and other precious metals are used to give brilliance and shine, and subtle shading in the paint gives real depth and life to a shield. Heraldic panels can be reproduced from old family documents or artefacts, or new ones ‘invented’ to suit an individual’s interests or a company’s speciality.
Gilding, the application of precious metal leaf to a surface, is an ancient technique first practised by the Egyptians. It is highly effective and long lasting and can be used on all manner of surfaces and objects from glass windows to ornamental bath feet! It gives a far better shine and brilliant finish than gold paint could ever do – after all, it is the real thing!