Antique Decorative French Ormolu Casket, 19th Century For Sale
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Antique Decorative French Ormolu Casket, 19th Century

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This is a beautiful antique 19th century French ormolu casket dating from the second half of the 19th Century. The hinged lid with laurel leaf wreath mount and cast with a stunning ornamental design of alternating motifs resembling clusters of narrow leaves or honeysuckle petals. It has a padded silk lined interior, is raised on bracket feet and is adorned with a plethora of three dimesnional floral and foliate decoration. It is a lovely piece which apart from its functionality is also a decorative one. Condition: In excellent condition commensurate with age and use, the silk interior showing signs of wear, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 11 x Width 18 x Depth 8 Dimensions in inches: Height 4.3 x Width 7.1 x Depth 3.1 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: 08608

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 4.34 in. x W 7.09 in. x D 3.15 in.H 11 cm x W 18 cm x D 8 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    08608
  • Reference Number
    LU95069481993
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