This is a delightful antique pair of 19th century French ormolu and marble candlesticks, circa 1870 in date.
The candlesticks feature cherub stems supporting beaded sconces while standing on fluted plinths above verde antico marble bases.
There is no mistaking their unique quality and design, which is sure to be cherished by any admirer of French ormolu.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 40 x Width 18 x Depth 14
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 4 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 5 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.
Our reference: 08482