This is a truly superb large white marble and ormoluLouis Revival table lamp,datingfrom the last quarter of the20thcentury.
The central column stands on four ormoludolphins raised on a marble soclethat rests on an ormolu base.
The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this piece and it is sure to add an unparalleled touch of class to yourhome.
In excellent working condition having been beautifully cleaned and rewired in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 59 x Width 23 x Depth 23
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 11 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 9 inches
Our reference: 07826
Ormolu -(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.
No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour.Electroplatingis the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used onsilver, to producesilver-gilt(also known asvermeil).
Antiques.co.uk Ref: P4MWK8NPB
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