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19th Century Pair of French Ormolu Classical Maidens Dancing

US$1,763.73per set

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This is a delightful antique pair of French ormolu classical dancing maidens, circa 1820 in date. They are raised on cylindrical socles with square plinth bases. The wonderfully chased and detailed maidens are each dressed in flowing classical attire with a clasp fastening on the right shoulder. They have fine captivating facial expressions and detailed hair gathered in a laurel crown. There is no mistaking their unique quality and design, which is sure to be cherished by any admirer of French ormolu. Condition: In excellent condition with original gilding, please see photos for confirmation. Dimensions in cm: Height 34 x Width 10 x Depth 10 Dimensions in inches: Height 13.4 x Width 3.9 x Depth 3.9 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.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.39 in. (34 cm)Width: 3.94 in. (10 cm)Depth: 3.94 in. (10 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 086111stDibs: LU95069426063

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