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Rian Kanduth

  • Gilder
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Rian Kanduth Gilder
By appointment only
+44 7906760909
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Traditional gilding

  • • Rian's craft skills are considered endangered
  • • She masters around 18 restoration techniques
  • • She passes on her knowledge to students

Master gilder Rian Kanduth works with more than 18 techniques: water gilding, gesso, punchwork, oil gilding, verré eglomisé, japanning, penwork, coromandel, gesso cutting, sgraffito, pastiglia, patina, and many more. Rian opened her first workshop in London in 1995. She trained as a gilder in a well recognised London frame making atelier and afterwards she studied Conservation & Restoration at the City & Guilds of London Art School. Her first commission was a hand carved Welsh slate recessed into an oak surround with Trajan letter cutting and gilding for The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society. Her love for teaching and passing on her knowledge is evident from the success of her apprentices, many of whom have careers in the field of decorative arts.

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Photo: ©Jessica Jakeman
Fireplace at Crosby Hall

Private residence in Chelsea, London, UK. Hand carved slate and portland stone surround the fireplace. Foliage, florets and double guilloche were oil gilded using 23.75 karat loose gold leaf.

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Seven Dials monument

This Portland stone orb at the top of the Seven Dials monument was gilded with 23.75 karat double thick loose gold leaf.

Diameter 1.8

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St Pancras Old Church

Wrought iron gates of St Pancras Old Church, London. The large foliage and elements were gilded with double thick 23.75 karat loose gold leaf.

Width 300 cm
Height 600 cm

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Lime wood carving with wheat decorations that are water gilded with platinum loose leaf and 24 karat gold loose leaf.

Length 31 cm
Width 4 cm

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Fortnum and Mason Torchiere

Rian Kanduth oil gilded the torchiere with 23.75 karat gold loose gold leaf.

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