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The jardiniere is of rectangular form and has embossed plaques of cherubs on each side. There are beautiful burr walnut panels with exquisite floral marquetry on each side.
It stands on tapered fluted legs conjoined with a shaped stretcher that has a central ormolu urn. It has a lift of lid with two ormolu handles for when the jardiniere is not in use and can then be used as a side table.
The craftsmanship and finish are second to none, it features beautiful marquetry decoration and stands on it's original castors.
Add a touch of class to your home with this versatile piece.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 86 x Width 80 x Depth 45
Dimensions in inches:
Height 33.9 x Width 31.5 x Depth 17.7
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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