Gold leafing or gilding refers to gold picture frame mouldings that are hand finished with individual sheets of the metal leaf that are applied to the picture framing moulding. Careful examination of gold leaf frames will show fine hairline joins of the gold leaf sheets. The joins are a feature and “proof” of the individual hand applied sheets.
Gold leaf is also often seen in architecture particularly in ancient temples and churches.

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