Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)

Ormolu refers to a gilding technique, in which a mixture of finely-ground, high-carat gold is applied to an object of bronze to create a beautiful finish.

In English, ormolu is referred to as 'gilt bronze', while the French use the term 'bronze doré'. 

The expenisve, delicate ormolu process produces works of a matt gold appearance that can be highly polished. Ormolu became incredibly popular in 18th Century France and was favoured by European royalty on account of its beauty, expense and the level of craftsmanship required to create such high quality works. Precious ormolu mounts are common to fine items of antique furniture, clocks and lighting and ormolu retained its appeal well into the 19th and 20th Centuries, owing to the beautiful golden finish that is created on objects.

The opulent and luxurious effect that ormolu produces means that the appearance of ormolu mounted furniture and decorative objects have retianed their appeal well into the present day.

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Style
  1. Neoclassical 283
  2. Louis XVI 133
  3. Rococo 94
  4. Empire 92
  5. Louis XV 83
  6. Belle Époque 60
  7. Sèvres 53
  8. Floral 51
  9. Figurative Art 50
  10. Classical 41
  11. Napoleon III 37
  12. Chinese Interest 29
  13. Chinoiserie 24
  14. Islamic 23
  15. Baroque 19
  16. Renaissance 17
  17. Animal / Animalier 14
  18. Boulle 13
  19. Restauration 13
  20. Louis XIV 12
  21. Japonisme 11
  22. Mythological 10
  23. Orientalist 10
  24. Russian Interest 10
  25. Fête Galante 10
  26. Egyptian Revival 9
  27. Birds / Ornithology 8
  28. Victorian 8
  29. Régence 7
  30. Japanese Interest 7
  31. Charles X 7
  32. Napoleonic 6
  33. Old Master 6
  34. Music / Musical 6
  35. Royal / Monarchy 5
  36. Portrait 5
  37. Gothic 5
  38. Marine / Seascape 4
  39. Militaria / Military 4
  40. Biblical 3
  41. Persian interest 3
  42. Art Nouveau 3
  43. Religious 3
  44. Academic 3
  45. Transitional 3
  46. Christian 2
  47. Aesthetic Movement 2
  48. History Painting 2
  49. Louis Philippe 2
  50. Landscape 2
  51. Meiji 2
  52. Bohemian 2
  53. Bizarre 2
  54. Art Deco 2
  55. Arabesque 1
  56. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
  57. Shakespeare, Theatre & Literature 1
  58. Arms / Armour 1
  59. Romantic 1
  60. Genre 1
  61. Byzantine 1
  62. Ottoman 1
  63. Capodimonte 1
  64. Moorish 1
  65. Meissen 1
  66. Mannerist 1
  67. Contemporary 1
  68. Edwardian 1
  69. Equestrian / Horses 1
  70. Hunting 1
  71. 20th and 21st Century Design 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 664
  2. Porcelain 118
  3. Marble 116
  4. Enamel 71
  5. Patinated Bronze 69
  6. Wood 55
  7. Glass 53
  8. Malachite 51
  9. Mahogany 43
  10. Bronze 41
  11. Marquetry 33
  12. Enamel - Cloisonné 31
  13. Ebonised Wood 27
  14. Cut Glass 23
  15. Enamel - Champlevé 23
  16. Kingwood 20
  17. Mirror 19
  18. Lapis Lazuli 17
  19. Onyx 17
  20. Parquetry 16
  21. Brass 15
  22. Tortoiseshell 14
  23. Rosewood 12
  24. Leather 12
  25. Silvered bronze 11
  26. Gilt 11
  27. Satinwood 11
  28. Tole 9
  29. Tulipwood 9
  30. Crystal 8
  31. Metal 8
  32. Hardstone 7
  33. Faience 6
  34. Porphyry 6
  35. Pietra Dura 5
  36. Vernis Martin 5
  37. Velvet 5
  38. Amboyna 5
  39. Upholstery 4
  40. Fruitwood 4
  41. Lacquer 3
  42. Amethyst 3
  43. Ivory 3
  44. Silk 2
  45. Semi-precious stones 2
  46. Scagliola 2
  47. Stoneware 2
  48. Precious Stones 2
  49. Agate 2
  50. Griotte Marble 2
  51. Painted Wood 2
  52. Bisque (biscuit) porcelain 2
  53. Opaline Glass 2
  54. Ebony 2
  55. Giltwood 2
  56. Pewter 1
  57. Walnut 1
  58. Cast Iron 1
  59. Ceramic 1
  60. Gilt Metal 1
  61. Spelter 1
  62. Sycamore 1
  63. Patinated Metal 1
  64. Jasper 1
  65. Alabaster 1
  66. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  67. Moulded Glass 1
  68. Satin 1
  69. Rock Crystal 1
  70. Micro-mosaic 1
Colour
  1. Gold 644
  2. Brown 182
  3. Multi-coloured 154
  4. White 130
  5. Blue 114
  6. Green 97
  7. Black 81
  8. Red 64
  9. Clear 43
  10. Turquoise 32
  11. Cream 27
  12. Pink 22
  13. Grey 20
  14. Silver 15
  15. Purple 13
  16. Yellow 8
  17. Metallic 7
  18. Orange 6
Country Of Origin
  1. French 589
  2. Chinese 25
  3. English 15
  4. Russian 14
  5. Continental 9
  6. Italian 8
  7. German 6
  8. Austrian 5
  9. Japanese 4
  10. Bohemian 2
  11. Asian 1
  12. Belgian 1
  13. Swiss 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 265
  2. 19th Century 207
  3. Early 20th Century 76
  4. Early 19th Century 58
  5. 20th Century 45
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 12
  7. 21st Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Sèvres (French, founded 1738) 43
  2. Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892) 19
  3. Picard, Henri (French, fl. 1831-1864) 13
  4. Raingo Frères (French, founded in 1823) 8
  5. Riesener, Jean Henri (French, 1735-1806) 6
  6. Denière et Fils (French, 1804-1903) 6
  7. Au Gros Chêne (French, est. 19th Century) 5
  8. Beurdeley (French, founded 1818) 5
  9. Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896) 5
  10. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory (Austrian, founded 1718) 4
  11. Linke, François (French, 1855-1946) 4
  12. Sévin, Louis-Constant (French, 1821-1888) 4
  13. Edwards & Roberts (British, founded 1845) 4
  14. Mercier Frères (French, est. 1828) 4
  15. Le Roy et fils (French, founded 1785) 4
  16. Boulle, André-Charles (French, 1642-1732) 4
  17. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (German, founded 1763) 3
  18. Ross, Donald (British, 1830-1916) 3
  19. Royer, Ernest (French, active second half of 19th Century) 3
  20. Feuchère, Pierre-François (French, 1737-1823) 3
  21. Grohé, Guillaume (French, active 1829-1884) 3
  22. Sormani, Paul (French, 1817-1877) 3
  23. Maison Mottheau et fils (French, 19th Century) 2
  24. Maison Krieger, (French, fl. 1826 - c.1910) 2
  25. Samson et Cie (French, 1845-1969) 2
  26. Lemerle-Charpentier & Compagnie (French, fl. 1870-1890) 2
  27. Festeau Le Jeune (French, active 19th/20th Century) 2
  28. Leleu, Jean-Francois (French, 1729-1807) 2
  29. Durand et fils (French, 1890-1934) 2
  30. Duvinage, Ferdinand (French, 1813-1874) 2
  31. Weisweiler, Adam (French, 1744-1820) 2
  32. Miroy Frères, Paris (fl. mid-19th Century) 2
  33. Susse Frères (French, active 1839-1970s) 2
  34. Vian, Henri (French, 1860-1905) 2
  35. Giroux, Alphonse (French, 1809-1886) 2
  36. Deck, Théodore (French, 1823-1891) 2
  37. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (German, founded 1710) 2
  38. Charpentier & Compagnie (French, fl. 1860s) 2
  39. Piolaine, Michel-François (French, active from 1787) 2
  40. Petit, Jacob (French, 1797-1868) 1
  41. Pauly & Co. (Italian, founded 1902) 1
  42. Ageron a Paris (French, active 19th Century) 1
  43. Nast Porcelain Manufactory (French, 1783-1835) 1
  44. Marchand, Nicolas Jean (French, active from 1738) 1
  45. Marchand, L. (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  46. Maison Millet (French, fl. 1853-1918) 1
  47. Michelez (French, active 1811-1825) 1
  48. Schoenewerk, Pierre Alexandre (French, 1820–1885) 1
  49. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. (French, fl. c 1882) 1
  50. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel (German/French, b. 1849) 1
  51. Monbro Fils Ainé (French, 1807-1884) 1
  52. A. M. E. Fournier (French, founded 1850) 1
  53. Rancoulet, Ernest (French, 1870-1915) 1
  54. Thiébaut Frères (French, c. 1775-1926) 1
  55. Rosel (Belgian, 1874 to early 20th Century) 1
  56. Silvani (French, active second half 19th Century) 1
  57. Guilmet, André Romain (French, active second half 19th Century) 1
  58. Zwiener Jansen Successeur (French, active late 19th / early 20th Century) 1
  59. Poteau, Edmond (French, fl. 1850s-1890s) 1
  60. Vion, François (French, 1737-1790) 1
  61. Victor Paillard & Romain (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  62. Viardot, Gabriel (French, 1830-1906) 1
  63. Tharin, Xavier (French, active 1840-1860) 1
  64. St. Louis Glassworks (French, f. 1767) 1
  65. Rochlitz, C. (Continental, active early 20th Century) 1
  66. Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520) 1
  67. Pradier, James (French, 1790-1852) 1
  68. Longwy (French, founded 1798) 1
  69. Kreisser, Edouard (French, fl. 1843-1863) 1
  70. Levillain, Ferdinand (French, 1837-1905) 1
  71. David, José-Maria (French, 1944-2015) 1
  72. Gagneau Frères (French, founded 1839) 1
  73. Falconet, Etienne-Maurice (French, 1716-1791) 1
  74. Ed. Kahn & Cie (French, c.1905-1950) 1
  75. du Tertre, Charles (French, 1715-1793) 1
  76. Druce & Co (English, fl. 19th Century) 1
  77. Dresden Porcelain Manufactory (German, active from 1865) 1
  78. Deverberie, Jean-Simon (French, 1764-1824) 1
  79. Deveraux (French, active 19th Century) 1
  80. Delafontaine (French, founded late 18th Century) 1
  81. Creil et Montereau (French, founded 1840) 1
  82. Galle, Claude (French, 1759-1815) 1
  83. Coustou, Guillaume (French, 1677-1746) 1
  84. Colinet, Claire Jeanne Roberte (French, 1880-1950) 1
  85. Clodion (French, 1738-1814) 1
  86. Chaumont, G.H. (French, 1790-1868) 1
  87. Charles Oudin (French, founded 1797) 1
  88. Carlin, Martin (French, active 1766-1785) 1
  89. Brezagez, Pierre (French, fl. 1727-1748) 1
  90. Benneman, Guillaume (French, 1750-post 1811) 1
  91. Balthazard, Michel (French, active late 19th Century) 1
  92. Baffert, Martin (French, active late 18th Century) 1
  93. Galberg, Ivan Ivanovich (Russian, 1782-1863) 1
  94. Galle, Gérard-Jean (French, 1788-1846) 1
  95. Lerolle Frères (French, 1836-1863) 1
  96. Houdon, Jean-Antoine (French, 1741-1828) 1
  97. Lepaute (French, founded mid-18th Century) 1
  98. Lenoir, E. (French, active second half 19th Century) 1
  99. Le Roy, Julien (French, 1686-1759) 1
  100. L. Leroy & Cie (French, active 19th - early 20th Century) 1
  101. Jolly, Gaston (French, active from 1784) 1
  102. Japy Freres (French, founded 1806) 1
  103. Janetti Father & Sons (Italian, fl. late 19th and early 20th Centuries) 1
  104. J. Vieillard & Cie (French, 1845-1895) 1
  105. Imperial Porcelain Factory (Russian, founded 1744) 1
  106. Honoré Pons, Pierre-César (French, fl. 1807-1846) 1
  107. Garella, Antonio Giuseppe (Italian, 1863-1919) 1
  108. H. Journet & Cie (French, founded 1875) 1
  109. Guillemin, Emile Coriolan Hippolyte (French, 1841-1907) 1
  110. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin (French, fl. 19th Century) 1
  111. Graux, Jules (French, active late 19th Century) 1
  112. Grade, Louis (French, active 19th Century) 1
  113. Gouthière, Pierre (French, 1732-1814) 1
  114. Gory, Affortunato (Italian, active 1895-1925) 1
  115. Gleizes (French, active 19th Century) 1
  116. Girbelin (French, 19th Century) 1
  117. Gervais, Ferdinand (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  118. Tahan (French, fl. 19th Century) 1

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