Antique Pair French Ormolu Cassolettes C1870
Antique Pair French Ormolu Cassolettes C1870
Antique Pair French Ormolu Cassolettes C1870
Antique Pair French Ormolu Cassolettes C1870
Antique Pair French Ormolu Cassolettes C1870
Antique Pair French Ormolu Cassolettes C1870

Antique Pair French Ormolu Cassolettes C1870

19th century France

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This is a beautiful antique pair of French Louis XVI style gilt bronze cassolettes, circa 1870 in date.
The cassolettes have sphere shape bodies which are decorated with grapevine bands and pierced rims. The fluted domed covers are finished with fruiting finials and there is another to the underside.

The triform frame supports are cast with three satyr's masks amidst fluted stems terminating in hairy hoof feet on stepped circular platform bases with toupie feet.

There is no mistaking their unique quality and design, which is sure to be cherished by any admirer of French ormolu and ideal for potpourri.

Condition:
In excellent condition with original gilding, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 33 x Width 15 x Depth 15

Dimensions in inches:
Height 13.0 x Width 5.9 x Depth 5.9

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.

Our reference: 08972
Dimensions
Height 33.00 cm (12.99 inches)
Width 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Depth 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Stock Code
08972
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