Object Description

This is a stunning set of four antique English Edwardian ormolu twin branch wall sconces in elegant Sheraton style, C 1900 in date.

The leaf and flower scrolling arms with decorative leaf candle sconces, with ram’s heads, swags and bell flower decoration.

Purchased from a fabulous house in Hampstead, London there is no mistaking their unique quality and design and they will soon instantly enhance the style of one special room in your home.

Condition:
In excellent condition having been cleaned, fully rewired and PAT tested. Please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 43 x Width 38 x Depth 19

Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 5 inches x Width 1 foot, 3 inches x Depth 7 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: 08378

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