This is a delightful antique pair of 19th century French ormolu and marble candlesticks, circa 1870 in date.
The candlesticks feature cherub stems supporting beaded sconces while standing on fluted plinths above verde antico marble bases.
There is no mistaking their unique quality and design, which is sure to be cherished by any admirer of French ormolu.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 40 x Width 18 x Depth 14
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 4 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 5 inches
Our reference: 08482
(from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-caratgoldin amercuryamalgamto an object ofbronze.The mercury is driven off in akilnleaving behind a gold-coloured veneerknown as'gilt bronze'.
The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding orfire-gilding, in which a solution ofnitrate of mercuryis applied to a piece ofcopper,brass, or bronze, followed by the application of anamalgamof gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.
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