A magnificent antique pair of French ormolu Bacchanalian cherub table lamps, C1860 in date.
They are superbly decorated with foliate scrolls and stunning patinated bronze Bacchic cherubs holding cornucopia shaped arms on round onyx bases decorated with laurel swags and acathus decorated bun feet.
From the collection of Gordon W Quance LLM (1931-2017).
They are delightful objects which will look fabulous in any surrounding.
In really excellent working condition having been beautifully cleaned and rewired in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 38 x Width 12 x Depth 12
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 3 inches x Width 5 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: A2133