Antique Pair Rococo Revival Ormolu Candelabra C1860


Antique Pair Rococo Revival Ormolu Candelabra C1860

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A gorgeous fine quality pair of antique Rococo ormolu three light candelabras that have been later wired for electricity, in the classic French manner, circa 1860 in date.

The beautifully sculpted and tooled gilded bronze candelabra feature a pair of mortals riding a dolphin and a seahorse with a striking twisting central stem that terminates in a flaming torch finial.

They each have three decorative branches with foliate sconces and candle lights, they stand on S-scroll shaped bases decorated with acanthus leaves fruit and flowers throughout.

There is no mistaking the unique quality and design of this stunning pair and they are assured to add elegance to any room.


In excellent condition having been rewired, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 43 x Width 28 x Depth 28

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 5 inches x Width 11 inches x Depth 11 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).

Width: 28.0 cm
Height: 43.0 cm
Depth: 28.0 cm

Condition: Used

Wear Condition: Excellent

Date of Manufacture: Unknown

Place of Origin:

Period: 19th Century

Style: Antique

Listed by: Tino_8f8a

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SKU: 54523102