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Sebastiaan van Soest

  • Goudleer-Atelier Van Soest
  • Leather gilder
  • Wateringen, Netherlands
  • Master Artisan
Sebastiaan van Soest Leather gilder
Contact
Dutch, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+31 610610174
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Preserving an ancient Dutch skill

  • • Sebastiaan’s mission is to preserve the tradition of gilding leather
  • • He aims to breathe new life into the art, giving it a contemporary feel
  • • Restoration of gilded leather objects also forms part of his work

Sebastiaan van Soest was trained by his father, H.A.B. van Soest, who was a pioneer in preserving and restoring existing gilded leather and in making new pieces. “I literally grew up with gilded leather. My father taught me to create it at my mother’s knee. Wherever my parents went to work, they used to take my sister and me along,” he says. This delicate and meticulous technique of decorating leather dates back to the 6th century. Contrary to what one could assume, given its name, gilded leather is not worked with gold leaf but rather with very thin sheets of silver leaf. In order for the silver not to oxidise, layers of natural varnish are applied, lending it its final golden colour.

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Antique chair with new gilded leather

This antique chair has been reupholstered with new gilded leather featuring patterns evocative of the five senses. It is based on the works of Maarten van den Heuvel c 1640. Gilded leather originated in the 6th century and involves applying silver leaf to the leather, and then varnishing it, giving it a golden glow.

Height 95 cm
Width 42 cm
Depth 40 cm

Sebastiaan van Soest Leather gilder
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Gilded leather room divider, with tulip pattern

The tulip motifs that decorate this gilded leather room divider are based on patterns from 1660. Silver leaf is applied to the leather and then lacquered with a golden yellow varnish.

Height 161 cm
Width 153 cm
Depth 4 cm

Sebastiaan van Soest Leather gilder
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Gilded leather room divider, with five senses pattern

This gilded leather room divider, with an aluminium frame made by Gardelux, was designed by Edward van Vliet. The leather is adorned with the five senses pattern, based on the work of Maarten van den Heuvel ca. 1640.

Height 194 cm
Width 185 cm
Depth 15 cm

Sebastiaan van Soest Leather gilder
Photo: © Goudleeratelier Van Soest
Doctor’s bag

This handcrafted gilded leather bag is the result of a collaboration between Goudleer-atelier Van Soest and Mutsaers Lederwaren. The patterns are evocative of the five senses, based on the work of Maarten van den Heuvel ca 1640.

Sebastiaan van Soest Leather gilder

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