Antique Ormolu Table Lamp Louis Xvi Style C1900


Antique Ormolu Table Lamp Louis Xvi Style C1900

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Antique Ormolu Table Lamp Louis Xvi Style C1900

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This is a truly superb antique ormolu Louis XVI style table lamp, circa 1900 in date.

The central stem is cast as a leafy oak tree with a cherub reading a book. It stands on a Corinthian column base flanked by acanthus leaves and is raised on a decorative green and white marble quatrefoil base with ormolu toupie feet.

The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this piece and it is sure to add an unparalleled touch of class to your home.

This superb antique ormolu lamp was produced using the traditional lost wax method.


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

Dimensions in cm:

Height 59 x Width 22 x Depth 18

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 11 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 7 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.

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.

Width: 22.0 cm
Height: 59.0 cm
Depth: 18.0 cm

Estimated Time: Less than one week

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Condition: Used

Wear Condition: Excellent

Date of Manufacture: Unknown

Place of Origin:

Period: Early 20th Century

Style: Antique

Listed by: Tino_8f8a

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SKU: 21636354