This is a remarkable pair of antique gilt bronze ormolu Italian Grand Tour classical Urns, circa 1860 in date.
These stunning urns have been superbly cast and have scenes depicting a man rowing his boat with a dog, a farmer with a herd of goats and more. They have beaded and gadrooned rims with twin acanthus leaf handles and are raised on Sienna marble square bases.
The attention to detail throughout these pieces is second to none and the pair of classical bronze urns are sure to enhance great historical fascination wherever they are placed.
In really excellent condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 16 x Width 12 x Depth 10
Dimensions in inches:
Height 6 inches x Width 5 inches x Depth 4 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: A1733