The high level gilding in the Nash Staircase which would have surrounded the inner skylight has been painted over. When we were able to get up to have a look, tantalizingly you could still see tiny gold glimpses in the cracks of the paint.
Paint analysis showed that there would have been two bands of gilding on the inner and outer edges of the moulded oculus with the middle section painted in the pink glaze, linking to the fish scales in the dome.
As any attempt to clean the paint-over section resulted in the gilding underneath being removed too, it was decided to redecorate and re-gild this feature.
Gilding is the art of applying thin leaves and foils of precious metals to a surface to give the appearance…
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