This is a large stunning decorative pair of antique French ormolu gilt wall light sconces in the elegant Louis Revival style, C 1900 in date.
Each wall light a backplate with ribbons entwined with rockroses, supporting five elaborate acanthus scrolling arms terminating with circular rose bud drip trays and sconces.
Add some French extravagance to your home with these beautiful wall lights.
In excellent condition having been cleaned, fully rewired and PAT tested.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 80 x Width 47 x Depth 26
Dimensions in inches:
Height 31.5 x Width 18.5 x Depth 10.2
(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: 09711