This is a fine large antique ormolu Louis XVI Revival table lamp with a cream silk shade, circa 1870 in date.
An ormolu sculpture of a cherub symbolising autumn, holding a basket of harvest goods and a sickle and mounted on an circular white marble base. Signed by the sculptor, Boyer, and later fitted as a lamp.
The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this piece and it is sure to add an unparalleled touch of elegance to your home.
In excellent working condition having been beautifully cleaned and rewired in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 69 x Width 26 x Depth 26
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot, 3 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 10 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.
Lost Wax Method
sometimes called by the French name of cire perdue or the Latin, cera perduta is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artists sculpture.
In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised.
Our reference: A2210