Stunning Cut Glass & Bronze Ormolu Cherub Centrepiece

Stunning Cut Glass & Bronze Ormolu Cherub Centrepiece


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A beautiful cut glass, ormolu, and bronze cherub centrepiece�from the last quarter of the�20th�century.

The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this stunning piece and it is sure to add an unparalleled touch of class to any fine dining experience.'�'�'�'�

This high quality hot cast solid bronze was produced using the traditional 'lost wax'� process.


In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 39 x Width 37 x Depth 28

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 3 inches x Width 1 foot, 3 inches x Depth 11 inches

�(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).

Lost Wax Method
sometimes called by the French name of cire perdue or the Latin, cera perduta is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artists sculpture.In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised.


W37.0 x H39.0 x D28.0 cm



Wear condition


Date of manufacture



Late 20th Century




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