Giusto Manetti Battiloro, genuine gold and silver leaf producer since 1600, offer a wide range of genuine gold leaves, in various colours and thickness to offer a response to different applications and uses. Genuine gold leaf has always been used for artistic decoration and restoration, for gilded lettering for signs, and find today new applications in Interior Design and architecture, for gilded decorations for furnitures or for gilded applications on glass and smooth surfaces. Similarly, silver leaf find today a larger application in the decoration of pieces of furnishing like mirror frames or boiseries.
To offer a complete range of products, Giusto Manetti Battiloro offer, now, in addition to genuine gold or silver leaf, the imitation gold (or dutch metal leaf), for every application of gilding or gold decoration, where an easiest application of the leaf can be decisive for a successful gilding. Beside genuine gold and silver leaf and imitation gold , Giusto Manetti Battiloro offer a series of gilding products of the highest quality, able to cover each necessity of gilding with genuine or imitation gold.
Giusto Manetti Battiloro offer his genuine leaf in 21 different colours and qualities, beside platinum and palladium leaf. Proposed in different thickness, Manetti genuine leaf is available in the classic format loose leaf (suitable for gilded decoration for inlaid details with the utilisation of boles or water gilding, and also for gilding of flat surfaces with the technique of size gilding for sectors like luxurious interior design or gilding furnitures), the format transfer leaf (suitable for gilded decoration of flat surfaces or outdoor gilding – Genuine leaf is supported on a tissue paper to make easier the grip of the leaf), the format french cut leaf (the leaf, trimmed to size of the booklet, is used especially in France for the size gilding), and in roll (the leaf is supported to a roll of tissue paper to create a continuous layer for the gilding of great flat surfaces or outdoor gilding decoration with size).
Giusto Manetti Battiloro also offers an high quality silver leaf, in different thickness to cover each necessity of silvering. Manetti silver leaf is available in the classic format loose leaf (suitable for silver decoration of inlaid details with the utilisation of boles or water silvering, and also for silvering of flat surfaces with the technique of size silvering for sectors like luxurious interior design or silvering furnitures), the format transfer leaf (suitable for silver decoration of flat surfaces and outdoor silvering – Silver leaf is supported on a tissue paper to make easier the grip of the silver leaf), in the format extra thick loose leaf (a silver leaf with thickness typically higher of a normal leaf for special projects and applications), in roll (the silver leaf is supported to a roll of tissue paper to create a continuous layer of silver leaf for the silvering of great flat surfaces or outdoor silver decoration with size) and in flakes (the silver leaf isn’t squared, to make the silver decoration fastest where a perfect squared form of the leaf isn’t requested).
Imitation gold (or dutch metal) offered by Giusto Manetti Battiloro, characterized by an higher thickness of the leaf than genuine gold, is more manageable and easier to apply. Realized in differents thickness and colours, is available in the format 16 x 16 (this imitation leaf is boxed in reams one leaf on the other, and is available in packages of 5.000 leaves, or 10.000 for the imitation silver leaf), 14 x 14 (boxed in booklet of 25 imitation gold leaves), 14 x 14 transfer leaf (boxed in booklets of 25 imitation gold leaves – the imitation gold is supported on a tissue paper to make easier the grip for the decoration of flat surfaces or ceilings), in roll (the imitation leaf is supported on a roll of tissue paper to create a continuous layer of imitation gold for gilding of walls or flat surfaces). Imitation leaf 14 x 14 is also available in variegated patterns on gold or copper base.
For a better application of genuine or imitation gold , or to refine a gilding, Giusto Manetti Battiloro offer a complete selection of gilding products, like:
Powder of gold or silver used, once mixed with a glue, to refine or complete a gilding realized with genuine gold. The shells are mixed with arabic gum; just melt the shell with a paintbrush soaked in water to use it.
The bole is a particular clay, used as a base for the gold leaf in the water gilding technique and to decorate inlaid details in surface of frames or others wooden products. The boles are available in three differents typologies, type S bole, Lefranc-Charbonnel bole and italian bole. The colour of the applied gold leaf is strictly affected to the colour of the bole used as a base.
The size is a glue used to apply the genuine or the imitation gold at the surface to decorate. Beside the other gilding products, the size is one of the most important variables for the realization of a good gilding. Giusto Manetti Battiloro offer at gilders a different selection of size, like the water-based size, the Wunda size, the alcohol-based or oil-based size, or the high-gloss bi-components size.
Glues, bitumens and syntethics or naturals protections, like the shellac, to enrich and characterize the gilding with genuine or imitation gold making unique the object to gild, ensuring, at the same time, a long endurance.
Every gilding products necessary to gilders for the application of genuine gold and silver leaf or imitation leaf, like tips to handle the leaf, leather cushion for gilders and single-blade or double-blade knives to cut the leaf at the desired size, the mops to make the leaf sticks at the surface and the agate burnishers to finish the gilding.