Sebastiaan van Soest Creates A Gilded Leather Folding Screen –  The room divider piece was made with the pattern of the five senses 1640. This decorative design project is on the run for the Covet International Awards 2018 contest! To find out more just keep scrolling down!

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Sebastiaan van Soest is the owner and manager of Goudleeratelier Van Soest and the creator of the gilded leather folding screen that you can see on the pictures. This artistic place that has the purpose of creating an innovative concept into gilded leather art, giving it a modern design and application.

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Sebastiaan van Soest is one of the only gilded leather-worker in the Netherlands. The craft was transmitted from father to son so the gilded leather art was a predominant fact in artist childhood.

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One of the most important moments of Sebastiaan artistic life was a workshop in the ’90s were his parents created a gilded leather room for a replica of Huis ten Bosch at the Holland Village in Japan. That was the first time that Sebastiaan had contact with the gilded leather manufacture.

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This screen has an aluminum frame made by Gardelux and designed by Edward van Vliet. The artist incorporated the pattern of the five senses, similar to the work of Maarten van de Heuvel in 1640. The gilded leather is not worked with gold leaf but rather with layers of silver leaf.


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The folding screen has 240 cm of height, 60 cm of width and 15 cm of depth. Layers of varnish are applied so that the silver doesn’t oxidize and keeps it a shiny golden color. This meticulous technique of decorating leather dates back to the 6th century.

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Gilded leather can be applied to numerous objects such as bags, chairs, and screens. A bag alone can take more than 50 hours of work to complete. Sebastiaan purpose is to preserve the gilded leather craft as well as to restore gilded leather pieces!

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