Antique Pair Ormolu & Jasperware Two Branch Wall Lights Sconces

Antique Pair Ormolu & Jasperware Two Branch Wall Lights Sconces

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This is a stunning Antique pair of ormolu and Jasperware two branch wall lights. Of elegant classical form with upturned ropetwist arms and foliate cast sconces, each back plate inset with a blue and white Jasperware Wedgewood porcelain panel below a laurel wreath and flambeau finial.

Purchased from a fabulous apartment in Hampstead, London and they purchased them at great expense in the 1980's in Kings Road.

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, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 49 x Width 22 x Depth 12

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 7 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 5 inches

Jasperware
or jasper ware, is a type of stoneware first developed by Josiah Wedgwood, although some authorities have described it as a type of porcelain. It is noted for its matte finish and is produced in a number of different colours, of which the best known is a pale blue that has become known as 'Wedgwood Blue'. "Jasper" in this context refers to the mineral of that name.

Wedgwood's main designs are jasperware and black basalt. Many of the Wedgwood designs were based on the art of making cameo glass and on the looks of The Portland Vase.

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).

Dimensions

W22.0 x H49.0 x D12.0 cm

Condition

Used

Wear condition

Excellent

Date of manufacture

Unknown

Period

Unknown

Style

Antique

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VAT status

Seller is VAT registered

SKU

73556180
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