A beautiful French Empire Revival walnut, ormolu mounted and marble top occasional table, circa 1870 in date.
Masterfully crafted in a deep rich walnut, the rectangular table features a striking green “Verde Antico” marble top above a beautiful frieze drawer decorated with fine Empire Revival ormolu mounts depicting symbols of rosettes and palmettes. It is raised on four ormolu mounted tapering column legs.
There is no mistaking the unique quality and elaborate design, which is certain to make it a talking point in your home and a fine embellishment to your reception room.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 78 x Width 101 x Depth 61
Dimensions in inches:
Height 30.7 x Width 39.8 x Depth 24.0
Ormolu (from French ‘or moulu’, signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as ‘gilt bronze’.
The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of 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. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).
Our reference: A1004