Antique French Serpentine Marmo Viola Ormolu Marble Pedestal 19th C

GBP 3,550.00

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Object Description

A fine quality antique French, “Marmo Viola”, ormolu mounted marble pedestal, mid 19th Century in date.

The pedestal is carved in the form of a Corinthian column and features a truly fantastic cast ormolu capital decorated with acanthus leaves on a tapering shaft with trailing ormolu leaves.

The square platform revolves to display your sculpture, and the column stands on a square shaped base with circular laurel wreath decoration.

The sculpture shown in the photos is not included in the price but can be purchased if required.

Condition:
In really excellent condition, with only minor signs of wear commensurate with age and use, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 120 x Width 35 x Depth 35

Dimensions in inches:
Height 3 foot, 11 inches x Width 1 foot, 2 inches x Depth 1 foot, 2 inches

Ormolu – Gilt Bronze (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: A1759

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:35 x H:35 x D:120 centimeters
  • period
  • country
  • year
    circa 1850

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