Antique Pair Ormolu 3 light Girandoles Wall lights


  • Set of Two
  • £1,350.00
  • €1,581 Euro
  • $1,862 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Antique Pair Ormolu 3 light Girandoles Wall lights

This is a superb pair of highly decorative French ormolu three-light girandoles, circa 1870 in date.

Each is cartouche shaped, with Apollo finials and Pan terminals. The foliate cast and scrolling arms terminating in conforming sconces, the quality and craftsmanship is absolutely superb.

Later wired for electricity and in working order.

Add an elegant touch to your home with this fantastic French gitandoles.

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 52 x Width 36 x Depth 20

Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 8 inches x Width 1 foot, 2 inches x Depth 8 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.

After around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury other techniques were used instead. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt.

Our reference: A1670a


  • H: 52cm (20.47in)
  • W: 36cm (14.17in)
  • D: 20cm (7.87in)


circa 1870

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