This is a beautiful antique French Empire Revival ormolu and marble console table, Circa 1890 in date.
The table has a wonderful shaped pink scagliola marble top, a decorative pierced ormolu frieze with anthemion mounts, and square taping legs decorated with acanthus leaves on spade feet.
This gorgeous console table will instantly enhance the style of one special room in your home and is sure to receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 80 x Width 79 x Depth 41
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 7 inches x Width 2 foot, 7 inches x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches
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: A2115