A large and magnificent antique pair of French gilt bronze candleabra, Circa 1870 in dater, later converted to table lamps.
They are each superbly decorated with foliate scrolls and stunning gilt bronze playful seated cherubs that are draped with flowers against the stunning gilt bronze foliate lamp bases.
They are delightful objects which will look fabulous in any surrounding.
In really excellent working condition having been beautifully cleaned and professionally rewired in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 75 x Width 21 x Depth 21
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.5 x Width 8.3 x Depth 8.3
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.
Our reference: R0036