Antique Pair of Stunning French Green Marble Urns
Antique Pair of Stunning French Green Marble Urns
Antique Pair of Stunning French Green Marble Urns
Antique Pair of Stunning French Green Marble Urns
Antique Pair of Stunning French Green Marble Urns
Antique Pair of Stunning French Green Marble Urns
Antique Pair of Stunning French Green Marble Urns
Antique Pair of Stunning French Green Marble Urns
Antique Pair of Stunning French Green Marble Urns

Antique Pair of Stunning French Green Marble Urns

c. 1890 France

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This is an antique pair of highly decorative French green 'verde antico' serpentine marble urns with ormolu mounts.

They have moulded rims and waisted necks above the ovoid bodies, each one is with twin foliate cast handles, the waisted socles on square bases.

They will add a touch of class to a special place in your home.

Condition:

They are offered in excellent condition.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 42 x Width 22 x Depth 17

Dimensions in inches:

Height 16.5 x Width 8.7 x Depth 6.7
Verd antique (from Italian, verde antico, "ancient green"), or verde antique, is a serpentinite breccia, popular since ancient times as a decorative facing stone. It is a dark, dull green, white-mottled (or white-veined) serpentine, mixed with calcite, dolomite, or magnesite, which takes a high polish. It is sometimes classed, erroneously, as a variety of marble.

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).
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