I'm having a distinct craving for giltwood. Not quite on the scale of the furniture in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, but more the judicious use on a limited scale, such as that seen in Gervais de Bédée's post, where antique giltwood fauteuils are placed within a modern setting.
In both cases the use of one colour for the fabric on the furniture enhances its beauty. And white goes particularly well with gold. Despite its name, the White Drawing Room's furniture fabric is predominantly gold.
This large stool is for sale at auction at Sheppards Irish Auction House in Durrow, Ireland.
But these Chinese pieces prove that the gilt works perfectly with the turquoise blue of the foo dogs, (sold recently in England for GBP1,200) or the red of the altar piece, which graces my table in the hall, and seems to have been designed with some of my collection of netsuke in mind.
The danger of course with giltwood furniture is that it is beloved by many with money but no taste, and there are plenty of hideous examples of reproduction pieces which would make me shriek in horror. Like so many design schemes, less is very often better.
The image of the White Drawing Room is from the British Monarchy website; others where attributed.