Antique Pair Ormolu Verde Antico Marble Candelabra


  • Set of Two
  • £2,550.00
  • €2,986 Euro
  • $3,517 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Antique Pair Ormolu Verde Antico Marble Candelabra

Dating from around 1860, this is a beautiful antique pair of highly decorative late 19th Century French green "verde antico" marble and gilded ormolu ovoid three-light candelabra.
The branches and sconces are superbly cast as roses, with decorative twin handles to the sides, and raised on acanthus and fruiting laurel socles.

These gilded ormolu and marble candelabra are in excellent condition. Please refer to the photographs for confirmation of this.

More About ‘Verde Antico’
“Verde antico” is Italian for ‘ancient green’ and denotes a type of stone that has been very popular as a decorative facing stone since ancient times. As the name suggests, it is a dark, dull green, white-mottled or white-veined serpentine rock which takes a high polish.

More About Ormolu
Ormolu is the term for the gilding process that was used extensively in France. The process involved gilding a metal surface using mercury amalgam that had been mixed with fine powdered gold. The item would be fired in a kiln at high temperatures and the mercury would burn off leaving the gold veneered surface. Mercury was banned by statute in France in the 1830s and the more modern gilding process uses electroplating.

More Information and To View
Fine gilded ormolu and marble candelabra of this quality are always best viewed in person if at all possible. However we know that this is not always possible so you are welcome to contact us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about these wonderful gilded ormolu and marble candelabra. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of this and our many other gilded ormolu candelabra and other bronze items at our North London warehouse and showroom. Please email us or call for an appointment to view, quoting our reference as shown above so we know which item you are referring to.

Our showroom is open from 10am to 5pm every weekday and also on occasional Saturdays - please call first before making a journey on a Saturday to make certain that we are open on your chosen day.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 46 x Width 13 x Depth 13

Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 6 inches x Width 5 inches x Depth 5 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).

Our reference: 07669


  • H: 46cm (18.11in)
  • W: 13cm (5.12in)
  • D: 13cm (5.12in)


circa 1860

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