This is a magnificent antique French ormolu and glass Louis XVI Revival jewellery casket, circa 1880 in date.
This spectacular ormolu casket is rectangular in shape with canted corners and has a splendid hinged cover with delicate floral ormolu decoration to the centre. It features five bevelled glass panels with elegant beaded borders and beautiful scrolls to the corners.
It stands on four exquisite and charming ball feet, and the underside is stamped with the name of the renowned Parisian casket maker ‘MORFAU’.
It comes with its original lock and key.
There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is sure to make it a treasured piece for any discerning collector.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 10 x Width 19 x Depth 11
Dimensions in inches:
Height 3.9 x Width 7.5 x Depth 4.3
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.
After around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury other techniques were used instead. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt..
Our reference: 09732