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Material: Ormolu
19th Century Burr Walnut Bracket Clock by Lenzkirch
Located in Amersham, GB
A quarter striking bracket clock in a fine figured burr walnut case with ormolu mounts and sound frets backed in sage green silk. A gilded dial with silvered chapter ring, roman nume...
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1890s German Late Victorian Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Brass, Steel, Ormolu

19th Century French Louis XVI Ormolu Mantel Clock by Lamerie-Charpentier & Cie.
Located in North Miami, FL
Late 19th century french Louis XVI ormolu gilt bronze mantel clock by Lamerie-Charpentier & Cie. By: Lemerle-Charpentier & Cie. Materi...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu, Metal

Late 19th Century Ormolu Gilt Bronze Sculpture Angel
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A graceful sculpture of a winged angel. The sculpture is made of casted bronze with an ormolu gilt patina. On a hemisphere, the inside of the sphere is filled with plaster, for a sta...
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1870s French Neoclassical Revival Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Bronze, Ormolu

Vintage Continental Ormolu Mounted Pierced Creamware Basket
Located in Atlanta, GA
Continental, 20th century. A traditional creamware basket with pierced body. The bowl is mounted with an engraved ormolu mount. Marked to underside.
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Early 20th Century German Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Pair of French Malachite and Ormolu Pedestals
Located in London, GB
Pair of French malachite and ormolu pedestals French, 20th Century Height 102cm, width 44cm, depth 44cm Elegantly mounted with ormolu features and fully covered in malachite, this...
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20th Century French Neoclassical Ormolu Furniture

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Malachite, Ormolu

French Neo Classical Figural Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock Raingo Freres Paris France
Located in San Diego, CA
This Antique French Neo Classical Revival Clock was made by Raingo Freres of Paris, France. This one has an extraordinary marble base and depicts a beautiful woman lounging with a bo...
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Mid-19th Century French Neoclassical Revival Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Brass, Ormolu

Ormolu and Glass Souvenir Trinket Jewelry Box, Maria Zell, Austria, circa 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous glass top trinket box made of ormolu. The hinged top featuring a view of the church of Maria Zell place of pilgrimage in Austria. No restoration has been carried out on th...
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Early 1900s Austrian Hollywood Regency Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Pair Cufflinks Antique German Art Nouveau Jewelry, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Two lovely stylish cufflinks in original old box. Made in Germany, circa 1900. Each is marked with a manufactory mark and "amerikaner". Thats probably the mark for american double. ...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Antique German Art Nouveau Jewelry Memory Pin Brooch Ormolu with Stone, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This lovely stylish sentimental brooch was made to keep a photo of loved ones. Made in Germany, circa 1900. The brooch has a picture inside. It has a blue stone and also has a hangin...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Antique German Art Nouveau Jewelry Rose Branch Pendant Ormolu, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This lovely stylish pendant or hanger was made to hang on a chain. Made in Germany, circa 1900. A very pretty piece of antique jewellery which would make a fine addition to any coll...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Antique German Art Nouveau Jewelry Faith, Love, Hope Brooch Ormolu, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This lovely stylish sentimental brooch to give it to a loved one. Made in Germany, circa 1900. A very pretty piece of antique jewellery which would make a fine addition to any colle...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Four Antique German Art Nouveau Jewelry Memory Pendants Ormolu, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Four lovely stylish sentimental pendants made to keep a photo of loved one. Made in Germany, circa 1900. Each one has a picture inside. A very pretty piece of antique jewellery whic...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Two Antique German Art Nouveau Jewelry Memory Pin Brooch Ormolu, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Two lovely stylish sentimental brooches made to keep a photo of loved one. Made in Germany, circa 1900. Each brooch pin has a picture inside. A very pretty piece of antique jeweller...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Antique German Casket Trinket Box Ormolu Glass Satin City Souvenir, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous glass trinket box with some ormolu adornments. The hinged top featuring a City view of a Church or Castle. No restoration has been carried out on this charming little trin...
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Early 1900s German Hollywood Regency Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Ormolu and Crystal Glass Trinket Jewelry Box, France, circa 1880s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous glass trinket box with ormolu mounts. No restoration has been carried out on this charming little trinket box, which remains in very stabile and functioning condition, wea...
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Early 1900s French Art Nouveau Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Ormolu and Glass Souvenir Trinket Jewelry Box, City of Meran, Italy, circa 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous glass top trinket box made of ormolu. The hinged top featuring a City view of Meran. No restoration has been carried out on this charming little trinket box, which remains...
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Early 1900s Italian Hollywood Regency Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Antique German Ormolu Cow Horn of Plenty Cornucopia Vase Centerpiece poss. WMF
Located in Dublin, Ireland
A superb example of a German Cow Horn of plenty Cornucopia decorative Vase or Centerpiece, firmly attributed to the World-famous silver manufacturers Württembergische Metallwaren...
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19th Century German Victorian Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Bronze, Ormolu

Antique French Marble Top Coffee Table
Located in London, GB
A beautiful and impressive antique French marble top coffee table. This was made in France, it dates from around the 1930’s. The quality is superb, the frame is made from solid birc...
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1930s French Louis XIV Vintage Ormolu Furniture

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Marble, Ormolu

Framed Lady Photograph in Ormolu Picture Frame, France 1920s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A lovely stylish sentimental Photograph of a lady. Framed in a beautiful brass or ormolu frame, circa 1920s. Beautiful and highly decorative. You can use it also as a wall hanging picture frame...
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1920s French Vintage Ormolu Furniture

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Brass, Ormolu

Antique German Casket Trinket Box Ormolu Glass Satin Nuremberg Souvenir, 1890s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous glass trinket box with some ormolu adornments. The hinged top featuring a City view of the Nuremberg Castle. No restoration has been carried out on this charming little tr...
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Early 1900s German Hollywood Regency Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Antique Limoges Royal Blue Ormolu Mounted Casket Box 19h Century
Located in London, GB
This is a beautiful antique French Limoges ormolu mounted rectangular bombe' shaped table casket, circa 1870 in date and bearing the Limoges marks on the underside. The Royal Blue c...
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1870s French Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Antique Enamel Glass & Ormolu Jewelry Box
Located in Seguin, TX
Circa 1890's Wave Crest enameled glass dresser box with decorative brass trim and closure. Some surface wear to painted finish.
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Late 19th Century American Art Nouveau Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Art Nouveau Pocket Watch Chain Fob Vintage German 1910s AK Monogram
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This is a lovely stylish pocket watch chain fob. It was almost certainly made in Germany, circa 1910s. Nice addition to any pocket watch. A very...
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1910s German Art Nouveau Vintage Ormolu Furniture

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Metal, Ormolu

Antique French Globe De Mariee Bride's Globe
Located in Forney, TX
Add a touch of whimsical elegance, romantic warmth, and refined sophistication to any space with this striking French Belle Époque period globe de mariee / bride's globe. Exquisitely hand-crafted in France in the late 19th century, featuring sculptural gilt metal framework decorated with small mirror plates, bridal wedding tiara...
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19th Century French Belle Époque Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Metal, Ormolu

Antique German Art Nouveau Jewelry Heart Pin Brooch Ormolu with Stone, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This lovely stylish sentimental brooch was made for a loved one. Made in Germany, circa 1900. The brooch has a red stone and a white stone (probably moonstone) in it. A very pretty ...
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Early 1900s German Art Nouveau Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Beautiful Ormolu Tussie Mussie 19th C. Grapes & Vine Leaves Posy Holder 1860s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This listing is for a beautiful Austrian gilt metal Tussie mussie (flower holder) with embossed grapes and vine leaves and a finger ring handle, circa 18...
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1860s Austrian Victorian Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Metal, Ormolu

French Beaux Arts Decor Ormolu Wreath and Floral Escutcheon Keyhole Cover
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Add an elegant Parisian touch to your decor with this beautiful antique French ormolu, Beaux Arts escutcheon, circa 1900-1910. Designed to cover a keyhole on either a salon door, arm...
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Early 1900s French Beaux Arts Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Henri Jacot Carriage Clock with Strike Repeat Function
Located in Amersham, GB
This superb gorge cased carriage clock is beautifully gilded, with a crisp white enamel dial and a roman chapter ring and outer arabic minutes. The eight day two train movement is regulated by a slivered English lever platform escapement, striking on a blued steel gong, with hour repeat button. The case is numbered 10135 throughout, this coupled with the maker’s mark showing the dates of awards on the front plate, means we can date the clock to between 1878 and 1889. The front and back plates are both marked with Jacot stamps. The front with the medal stamp listing the exposition awards Jacot had won. Bronzes in 1855 and 1862, and silver medals in 1867 and 1878. This stamp did not change until 1889 when Jacot junior won the companies first gold medal. The back plate shows the parrot trademark stamp with the initials HJ which came into use in 1878. The back of the dial is also signed by the enameller and numbered with the serial number. This is a very thoroughly marked and numbered clock in excellent condition. Henri Jacot...
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1880s French Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Brass, Enamel, Steel, Ormolu

Antique Set 4 Adam Revival Omolu Twin Branch Wall Lights
Located in London, GB
This is a very fine set of four good sized Adam revival ormolu twin branch wall lights dating from the mid 19th Century. The lights feature classical Regency elements with anthemio...
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1850s English Regency Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XV St. Chinese Export Porcelain And Ormolu Lidded Urn
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A beautifully detailed French 19th century Louis XV st. Chinese export porcelain and Ormolu lidded urn. This wonderful lidded pot pourri urn is supported by four foliate Ormolu feet ...
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19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Ormolu and Crystal Plafonnier
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A lovely and most elegant French 19th century Louis XVI st. ormolu and crystal plafonnier. The circular five light chandelier displays a decorative outer pierced ormolu band decorate...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Crystal, Ormolu

Japy Freres Early Ormolu and Sevres Porcelain Clock Set
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A fine and early clock set by the famous maker Japy Freres, in full working order. It is of superb quality in fine gilded bronze-mounted with delicately painted Sèrves style porcelai...
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Mid-19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Pair classical 19th Century Ormolu urns. after Balling for Versailles
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A very impressive pair of Classical 19th Century French gilded ormolu urns. Each with two-headed Janus finials, the sides with boar's masks and bands of shells, oak leaves and Greek ...
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19th Century French Classical Greek Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Marble, Ormolu

19th Century Louis XV Style Vernis Martin Bombe Vitrine with Serpentine Glass
By Vernis Martin
Located in Madrid, ES
A classic Louis XV style vernis Martin display vitrine with serpentine glass door. Luxurious rococo revival elements are in full force here, curving wood veneer and glass surfaces offset by vine-like ribbons of ormolu bronze detailing, with lush green velvet interior set atop cabriole legs tipped with decorative sabots. At center is a hand-painted “fêtes galantes” scene...
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19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Antique French Sevres Ormolu Gilt Bronze Dore Porcelain Tazza Cabinet Plate Dish
Located in Dublin, Ireland
An exceptionally well cast French mounted Ormolu and hand painted porcelain sevres circular Tazza of traditional circular form, possible from the third quarter of the nineteenth cent...
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19th Century French Victorian Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Antique French Sevres Porcelain Celeste Blue Gilt Cabinet Plate Centerpiece 19C
Located in Dublin, Ireland
An exceptionally well hand painted French sevres style soft paste porcelain circular centerpiece, deep dish or cabinet plate of large proportions, last half of the nineteenth century...
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19th Century French Victorian Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

A fine French Empire Chandelier, circa 1820
Located in New Haven, CT
An elegant 12 arm French pendant from the 1st Empire Period. The lead crystal prisms are all original and have a subtle grey/purple hue. The chandelier resembles a four tier fountain...
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Early 19th Century French Neoclassical Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Wonderful French Faceted Cut Crystal Bronze Ormolu-Mounted Casket Jewelry Box
Located in Roslyn, NY
A wonderful French faceted cut crystal bronze ormolu-mounted eight sided casket jewelry box with fine detail bronze key hole. In the manner...
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20th Century French Belle Époque Ormolu Furniture

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Crystal, Bronze, Ormolu

Fine JP Ehalt Signed French Louis XVI Style Rosewood Marquetry Dining Table
Located in Forney, TX
A stunning, fine quality vintage French gilt bronze ormolu mounted marquetry inlaid rosewood extension dining table by J.P. Ehalt. Exquisitely handcrafted using only the finest materials and highest level of craftsmanship, the mid-century antique reproduction lavishly finished in Neoclassical Louis XVI taste, having an extensively inlaid oval shaped top, richly decorated marquetry at the center features intricate floral motif, wonderfully designed and exceptionally executed built-in hide-a-way extension leaves that rest under the table in the manner of Maison Jansen, sliding out to extend the length of the table from 72 to 107 inches. The frieze luxuriously decorated with gilt bronze mounted running ornamentation with beaded trim, accented by stylized foliate gilded bronze embellishments, above fluted tapered legs. Signed J.P. Ehalt (Jean-Pierre Ehalt) Circa 1960s; France JP Ehalt...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XVI Ormolu Furniture

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Bronze, Ormolu

Fine 19th Century European Gilt Bronze Ormolu Monstrance Reliquary
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce fine quality neoclassical Empire style vasiform gilt bronze ormolu church religious relic altar monstrance reliquary. Exquisitely hand-crafted in Continental Europe in the second half of the 19th century, most likely French Napoleon III Period (1852-1870), having a fanned cross crest, above winged angel mask, central oval display...
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19th Century European Empire Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Bronze, Ormolu

Antique Ladies Hand Wall or Desk Letter Clip Erhard & Sohne Ormolu, German 1890s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A gorgeous ladies hand wall or desk letter / paper clip. Made of Ormolu, by Erhard & Sohne, Germany. Beautiful color and patina. This was made by Erhard & Sohne in the early 1890s-19...
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1890s German Belle Époque Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Pair Sèvres Porcelain Ormolu Gilt Bronze Celeste Blue Candelabra Candlesticks
Located in Dublin, Ireland
A fine stylish and imposing pair of French three light table or mantle Sevres porcelain mounted ormolu candelabra of outstanding quality. Early to mid-nineteenth century. Each with...
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19th Century French Late Victorian Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Bronze, Ormolu

Pair Louis XVI Style Gilt Bronze Sconces by E. F. Caldwell
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
This fantastic quality pair of signed Louis XVI style gilt bronze sconces are by the renown marker Edward F. Caldwell. They feature Neo-Classical motifs including acanthus leaves, bo...
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Early 20th Century American Louis XVI Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Francoise Linke cylinder bureau.
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A magnificent, fine quality late 19th Century French Mahogany cylinder bureau, by Francoise Linke. Having a three quarter pierced rococo ormolu gallery to the top, three drawers bene...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Meissen style porcelain and gilt bronze table fountain by Samson
Located in London, GB
This colourful porcelain table fountain, fashioned in the German Meissen style, was crafted in the 19th Century by the French porcelain company Samson et Cie. The table fountain co...
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19th Century German Louis XV Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

19th Century French Napoleon III Period Bardiglio Marble Japy Freres Clock Set
Located in Forney, TX
A fabulous over one hundred and sixty year old Parisian neoclassical style Bardiglio marble three piece mantel set. Born in Paris, France in the mid 19th century, featuring an an...
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Mid-19th Century French Neoclassical Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

Antique French Style Round Mahogany Display Vitrine with Foliate Ormolu C1900
Located in Big Flats, NY
***Ask About Reduced In-House Shipping Rates - Reliable Service & Fully Insured*** An antique French style circular display vitrine offers mahogany construction with pierced upper ga...
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Early 20th Century Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

French Louis XV Style Porcelain Gilt Mixed Metal Mantel Clock
Located in Forney, TX
A breathtaking antique French Belle Époque period (1871-1914) porcelain mounted mixed metal mantel clock. Born in France in the late 19th / early 20th century, fine quality Parisian work, exceptionally executed in luxuriously opulent 18th century Louis XV Rocaille taste, finished on all sides so it can be placed anywhere in the room, featuring a visually striking sculptural floral fiolate adorned gilt metal case, heavily embellished with fine porcelain flowers...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Metal, Brass, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

19th century French gilt mantle clock with sevres plaques
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
19th century french gilt mantle clock with sevres plaques circa 1890. Fine quality ornate french clock surmounted with a lady in traditional french dress leaning on an architectural...
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Late 19th Century French Victorian Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Enamel, Ormolu

Fine Sevres Porcelain and Ormolu Antique French Clock
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A fine, early antique French clock by André Hoffmann of Paris, the movement by Vincenti et Cie, circa 1850. It is beautifully made in ormolu (fir...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Pair Antique French Sèvres Porcelain Ormolu Gilt Bronze Dore Table Urn Lamps
Located in Dublin, Ireland
Stunning imposing Pair of French Sevres Soft Paste Porcelain and Ormolu Twin Handle Electric Table Lamps of traditional bulbous form, and of good size proportions, raised on a very o...
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19th Century French Late Victorian Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

Fine German 19th Century Porcelain and Gilt-Bronze Mounted Potpourri Urn Vase
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine German 19th century porcelain and gilt-bronze mounted Potpourri Urn-Vase with Lid, attributed to Meissen. The ovoid white porcelain urn, decorated on all sides and lid wi...
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19th Century German Regency Revival Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Bronze, Ormolu

Fine French Transition Louis XV XVI Style Chest Sideboard
Located in Forney, TX
A stunning, rare, and very fine quality French Transitional Louis XV - Louis XVI style mahogany inlaid marble-top chest after Jean-François Oeben / Jean-Henri Riesener. Exquisitely hand-crafted in France, born in the late 19th / early 20th century, exceptionally executed Parisian work, retaining the original shaped marble top with contoured molded edge, over conforming solid mahogany case extensively inlaid with rich floral decoration and geometric trompe l'oeil marquetry-work. Embellished with finely sculpted and chisled gilt bronze ormolu mounts, the case fitted with three high quality locking bar mounted cabinet doors, each adorned with matched ornate escutcheon and opening thanks to the original keys, revealing a mahogany finished interior with single shelf. Featuring rare and exotic woods inlaid, all rising on bronze mounted transitional cabriole legs, ending in the finest quality patinated bronze sabots. Its three doors do not interfere with its delicate marquetry with decorations of geometric cubes and beautiful flowers on gilt gold ground, its two flat uprights with cut sides inviting finesse and harmony, while its bronzes, with antique motifs indicate the return to refined classic taste. A fine example of the Transition style, this chest subtly combines Louis XV marquetry with shapes that are already more rectilinear. From the middle of the 18th century, certain French artists, at the head of which the architects Blondel and Contant d'Ivry as well as the painter Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain, rose up against the excesses of the rococo style and advocated a calming of lines by the use of classical or even ancient principles. If the "Greek" style was too categorical a response to these requests, the Transition style, soon launched by the Marquis de Marigny, brother of Madame de Pompadour and Minister of the Arts, was much more measured and appreciated. Dutch cabinetmaker Matthijs Horrix was also front and center, a leader a Transition style. Celebrated ebanista Jean-François Oeben was one of the leaders of this new taste, with Jean-Henri Riesener following in the 19th century. Oeben a genius with inlay, he gave birth to several patterns, both sober and elegant, such as the marquetry of bottomless cubes, which was adopted by many of his colleagues including Jacques Dautriche and Charles Chevallier. Jean-François Oeben was particularly known for his "Louis XV or Transition furniture, adorned with leaf veneers, flower inlays or geometric patterns", according to Pierre Kjellberg (Le Mobilier français du XVIIIe, éditions de l'Amateur, 1989). A small secretary in the Transition cabinet...
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19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

Early 20th Century French Louis XV Bombe Commode
Located in Forney, TX
A gorgeous, exquisitely crafted antique Louis XV style mahogany inlaid commode ornamented with chiseled and gilded bronze throughout. Hand crafted in France during the early 20th cen...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XV Ormolu Furniture

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

Antique French Neoclassical Revival Mantel Clock & Urn Garniture Set
Located in Forney, TX
A magnificent turn of the late 19th / early 20th century French three piece mantel set, retailed by the renowned Bailey Banks and Biddle, with movement by Samuel Marti of Paris. The stunning antique...
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Early 20th Century Ormolu Furniture

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

1800s Antique French Louis XV Style, Ormulu, Curved, Exceptional Vitrine
Located in Austin, TX
Stunning 1800s Antique French Louis XV Style, Ormulu, Curved, Exceptional Vitrine. Exceptional French Louis XV style display cabinet, late 19th c., ormolu and marquetry...
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19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Ormolu-Mounted Grandfather - Tall Case Clock
By Kahn
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Very Fine French 19th Century Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted amaranth, tulipwood, sycamore and parquetry pedestal "Régulateur de Parquet" Clock, after the model attributed to Jean-...
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Early 1900s French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Ormolu, Bronze

French 19th/20th Century Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Commode Marble Top
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A French 19th/20th Century Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Kingwood, Amaranth, Satinwood and Tulipwood Bois Satiné and Bois de Bout Floral Marquetry Two-Drawer Commode of bombé serpentine...
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Early 1900s French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Furniture

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

Antique Ormolu Clocks, Lamps and Other Furniture and Decorative Objects for Sale

Antique ormolu furniture and decorative objects can be incorporated into a variety of spaces, and while demand for the material and/or technique was at its peak in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, ormolu is still widely loved by designers and collectors today.

What is ormolu?

Ormolu is a brilliant form of decorative trickery. To the untrained eye, ormolu clocks, jewelry boxes and other ormolu furniture and decor look like they're made of solid gold. But those in the know recognize ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — as having been essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

“Most commonly, ormolu refers to a bronze object that has been covered with gold, typically 18 karat or 24 karat,” explains Jamie Sinai, director of the antiques specialist Mayfair Gallery, in London. “For that reason, ormolu is sometimes called gilt bronze or, in French, bronze doré. Strictly speaking, however, the term ormolu also denotes the technique of applying gold to a metal.”

“The word comes from the French or moulu, which translates as ‘ground or powdered gold’ — the form the gold takes before it is applied to a metal surface.”

From the court of King Louis XVI to that of Napoleon I, the French elite snapped up furniture mounted with ormolu, as well as sconces, candelabra and table lamps made from the material. “As the French reputation for supreme art, architecture and furniture developed, the craze for ormolu spread across Europe,” adds Sinai.

Today, antiques collectors and interior designers continue to prize ormolu for its extraordinary craftsmanship and history-infused glamour. 

“This wondrous material was highly sought after in France as the ultimate luxury. It magically resembled solid gold and sparkled under candlelight,” says Sinai.

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