Antique Pair of French Enamelled Opera Glasse c.1880

GBP 650.00

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Object Description

This is a beautiful antique French mother of pearl and enamelled ormolu pair of opera glasses in its original leather case, circa 1880 in date.

The telescopic glasses feature beautiful painted country scenes of a courting couple enjoying a leisurely day in the contryside..

This lovely pair would make an ideal accessory for your next visit to the opera or theatre.

Condition:
Excellent original and untouched condition, please see photos.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 4 x Width 10 x Depth 7

Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 inches x Width 4 inches x Depth 3 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.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

Our reference: 06812

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Object Condition

Excellent original and untouched condition, please see photos.

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