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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  1. Neoclassical 271
  2. Louis XVI 125
  3. Empire 90
  4. Rococo 90
  5. Louis XV 79
  6. Belle Époque 56
  7. Floral 51
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  11. Napoleon III 36
  12. Chinese Interest 31
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  17. Animal / Animalier 13
  18. Restauration 13
  19. Boulle 12
  20. Russian Interest 11
  21. Japonisme 11
  22. Louis XIV 11
  23. Mythological 10
  24. Egyptian Revival 10
  25. Fête Galante 9
  26. Orientalist 9
  27. Charles X 9
  28. Victorian 9
  29. Régence 7
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  31. Japanese Interest 7
  32. Music / Musical 6
  33. Old Master 6
  34. Royal / Monarchy 6
  35. Birds / Ornithology 6
  36. Portrait 5
  37. Gothic 5
  38. Marine / Seascape 4
  39. Militaria / Military 4
  40. Landscape 3
  41. Religious 3
  42. Persian interest 3
  43. Academic 3
  44. Transitional 3
  45. Biblical 3
  46. Art Nouveau 2
  47. History Painting 2
  48. Art Deco 2
  49. Bizarre 2
  50. Bohemian 2
  51. Louis Philippe 2
  52. Meiji 2
  53. Christian 2
  54. Arms / Armour 1
  55. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
  56. Hunting 1
  57. Shakespeare, Theatre & Literature 1
  58. Aesthetic Movement 1
  59. Arabesque 1
  60. Genre 1
  61. Romantic 1
  62. Byzantine 1
  63. Equestrian / Horses 1
  64. Capodimonte 1
  65. Edwardian 1
  66. Contemporary 1
  67. Mannerist 1
  68. Ottoman 1
  69. Meissen 1
  70. Moorish 1
  71. 20th and 21st Century Design 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 646
  2. Porcelain 115
  3. Marble 109
  4. Enamel 68
  5. Patinated Bronze 68
  6. Malachite 56
  7. Glass 50
  8. Wood 50
  9. Mahogany 43
  10. Bronze 43
  11. Enamel - Cloisonné 31
  12. Marquetry 28
  13. Ebonised Wood 24
  14. Cut Glass 23
  15. Enamel - Champlevé 23
  16. Kingwood 21
  17. Parquetry 19
  18. Onyx 17
  19. Lapis Lazuli 16
  20. Mirror 16
  21. Tortoiseshell 13
  22. Leather 13
  23. Gilt 13
  24. Brass 13
  25. Silvered bronze 12
  26. Satinwood 12
  27. Rosewood 11
  28. Metal 8
  29. Tulipwood 7
  30. Hardstone 7
  31. Tole 7
  32. Crystal 7
  33. Faience 6
  34. Vernis Martin 6
  35. Porphyry 5
  36. Velvet 5
  37. Amboyna 5
  38. Pietra Dura 5
  39. Upholstery 3
  40. Ebony 3
  41. Lacquer 3
  42. Painted Wood 2
  43. Bisque (biscuit) porcelain 2
  44. Griotte Marble 2
  45. Giltwood 2
  46. Stoneware 2
  47. Amethyst 2
  48. Silk 2
  49. Semi-precious stones 2
  50. Opaline Glass 2
  51. Scagliola 2
  52. Moulded Glass 2
  53. Fruitwood 2
  54. Agate 2
  55. Satin 1
  56. Cast Iron 1
  57. Rock Crystal 1
  58. Precious Stones 1
  59. Jasper 1
  60. Ceramic 1
  61. Spelter 1
  62. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  63. Gilt Metal 1
  64. Micro-mosaic 1
  65. Alabaster 1
  66. Patinated Metal 1
Colour
  1. Gold 626
  2. Brown 175
  3. Multi-coloured 154
  4. White 125
  5. Blue 110
  6. Green 102
  7. Black 78
  8. Red 62
  9. Clear 40
  10. Turquoise 32
  11. Cream 25
  12. Pink 22
  13. Grey 19
  14. Silver 14
  15. Purple 12
  16. Metallic 7
  17. Orange 7
  18. Yellow 6
Country Of Origin
  1. French 572
  2. Chinese 28
  3. English 16
  4. Russian 14
  5. Continental 8
  6. Italian 8
  7. German 6
  8. Austrian 4
  9. Japanese 4
  10. Bohemian 2
  11. Asian 1
  12. Belgian 1
  13. Swiss 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 255
  2. 19th Century 202
  3. Early 20th Century 75
  4. Early 19th Century 56
  5. 20th Century 45
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 12
  7. 21st Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Sèvres 40
  2. Barbedienne, Ferdinand 20
  3. Picard, Henri 13
  4. Raingo Frères 7
  5. Denière et Fils 6
  6. Riesener, Jean Henri 5
  7. Dasson, Henry 5
  8. Au Gros Chêne 5
  9. Linke, François 5
  10. Sévin, Louis-Constant 5
  11. Mercier Frères 4
  12. Beurdeley 4
  13. Boulle, André-Charles 4
  14. Le Roy et fils 4
  15. Ross, Donald 4
  16. Edwards & Roberts 4
  17. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur 3
  18. Samson et Cie 3
  19. Royer, Ernest 3
  20. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory 3
  21. Sormani, Paul 3
  22. Feuchère, Pierre-François 3
  23. Weisweiler, Adam 3
  24. Galberg, Ivan Ivanovich 2
  25. Rancoulet, Ernest 2
  26. Maison Mottheau et fils 2
  27. Miroy Frères, Paris 2
  28. Maison Krieger, 2
  29. Piolaine, Michel-François 2
  30. Charpentier & Compagnie 2
  31. Vian, Henri 2
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  34. Leleu, Jean-Francois 2
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  36. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel 2
  37. Susse Frères 2
  38. Deck, Théodore 2
  39. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory 2
  40. Monbro Fils Ainé 1
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  44. Maison Millet 1
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  47. Nast Porcelain Manufactory 1
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  51. Schoenewerk, Pierre Alexandre 1
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  54. Thiébaut Frères 1
  55. Rosel 1
  56. Rochlitz, C. 1
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  59. Raphael 1
  60. Victor Paillard & Romain 1
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  63. Silvani 1
  64. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. 1
  65. Levillain, Ferdinand 1
  66. A. M. E. Fournier 1
  67. Lerolle Frères 1
  68. Deveraux 1
  69. Gagneau Frères 1
  70. Festeau Le Jeune 1
  71. Falconet, Etienne-Maurice 1
  72. Ed. Kahn & Cie 1
  73. du Tertre, Charles 1
  74. Durand et fils 1
  75. Druce & Co 1
  76. Dresden Porcelain Manufactory 1
  77. Deverberie, Jean-Simon 1
  78. Delafontaine 1
  79. Galle, Gérard-Jean 1
  80. David, José-Maria 1
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  84. Chaumont, G.H. 1
  85. Charles Oudin 1
  86. Carlin, Martin 1
  87. Brezagez, Pierre 1
  88. Benneman, Guillaume 1
  89. Baffert, Martin 1
  90. Galle, Claude 1
  91. Garella, Antonio Giuseppe 1
  92. Lepaute 1
  93. Houdon, Jean-Antoine 1
  94. Lenoir, E. 1
  95. Kreisser, Edouard 1
  96. Ageron a Paris 1
  97. Jolly, Gaston 1
  98. Japy Freres 1
  99. Janetti Father & Sons 1
  100. Jacob-Desmalter, François-Honoré-Georges 1
  101. J. Vieillard & Cie 1
  102. Imperial Porcelain Factory 1
  103. Hugnet, Alexandre 1
  104. Honoré Pons, Pierre-César 1
  105. Gervais, Ferdinand 1
  106. H. Journet & Cie 1
  107. Guilmet, André Romain 1
  108. Guillemin, Emile Coriolan Hippolyte 1
  109. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin 1
  110. Grohé, Guillaume 1
  111. Graux, Jules 1
  112. Grade, Louis 1
  113. Gouthière, Pierre 1
  114. Gory, Affortunato 1
  115. Gleizes 1
  116. Zwiener Jansen Successeur 1

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