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Verre eglomise, a centuries-old decorative arts process

Verre eglomiseย is the french term meaning glass gilded. This is a centuries-old decorative arts process in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf. In one method, the metal is adhered using a gelatin adhesive which results in a mirror-like reflective surface into which the designs are engraved. The gilding is often combined with reverse painting on glass.

Verre Eglomise Process

This process dates back to pre-roman times but the French are responsible for reviving this ancient art in the 1700s. Several years ago, a friend introduced me to the work of her friend Miriam Ellner, a decorative artist living and working in New York City in the unique field of Verre Eglomise. As far as I know, she is one of, if not the most well known artist working in this field today. Below are several examples of her work for ย various interior designers, such as Sean Johnson and Celerie Kemble.

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Gilded sky ceiling created by Miriam Ellner for a Celerie Kembel designed Kips Bay showhouse room

Learn more about verre eglomise in this video with Martha Stewart and Miriam Ellner, click here.

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