Antique Pair French Ormolu & Patinated Bronze Cherubs Table Lamps 19th C

Antique Pair French Ormolu & Patinated Bronze Cherubs Table Lamps 19th C


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A magnificent antique pair of French ormolu and patinated bronze table lamps with silk shades, C1870 in date.

They are superbly decorated with foliate scrolls and stunning patinated bronze seated Bacchic cherubs with vine garlands in their hair holding cornucopia shaped arms and raised on elaborately scrolled and foliate gilded bases.

The bronze cherubs make a wonderful contrast against the stunning gilt bronze foliate lamp bases.

They are delightful objects which will look fabulous in any surrounding.

In really excellent working condition having been beautifully cleaned and professionally rewired in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 56 x Width 24 x Depth 24

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 10 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 9 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.


W24.0 x H56.0 x D24.0 cm



Date of manufacture



19th Century




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