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 276
  2. Louis XVI 132
  3. Empire 93
  4. Rococo 93
  5. Louis XV 80
  6. Belle Époque 66
  7. Floral 59
  8. Figurative Art 57
  9. Sèvres 53
  10. Classical 49
  11. Napoleon III 39
  12. Chinese Interest 33
  13. Islamic 24
  14. Chinoiserie 23
  15. Renaissance 19
  16. Baroque 16
  17. Boulle 15
  18. Mythological 14
  19. Animal / Animalier 14
  20. Restauration 13
  21. Louis XIV 12
  22. Egyptian Revival 11
  23. Fête Galante 10
  24. Orientalist 10
  25. Japonisme 10
  26. Victorian 9
  27. Birds / Ornithology 9
  28. Russian Interest 8
  29. Charles X 8
  30. Japanese Interest 7
  31. Napoleonic 7
  32. Régence 6
  33. Old Master 6
  34. Music / Musical 6
  35. Gothic 5
  36. Militaria / Military 5
  37. Portrait 5
  38. Royal / Monarchy 4
  39. Marine / Seascape 4
  40. Biblical 3
  41. Persian interest 3
  42. Art Nouveau 3
  43. Religious 3
  44. Louis Philippe 3
  45. Landscape 3
  46. Aesthetic Movement 3
  47. Transitional 3
  48. Arabesque 2
  49. Art Deco 2
  50. Academic 2
  51. Bohemian 2
  52. Bizarre 2
  53. Meiji 2
  54. History Painting 2
  55. Hunting 2
  56. Christian 2
  57. Meissen 1
  58. Mannerist 1
  59. Byzantine 1
  60. Capodimonte 1
  61. Edwardian 1
  62. Arms / Armour 1
  63. Romantic 1
  64. Ottoman 1
  65. Moorish 1
  66. Grand Tour 1
  67. Shakespeare, Theatre & Literature 1
  68. Genre 1
  69. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
  70. Equestrian / Horses 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 657
  2. Marble 128
  3. Porcelain 115
  4. Patinated Bronze 73
  5. Enamel 65
  6. Wood 60
  7. Glass 54
  8. Mahogany 47
  9. Bronze 44
  10. Malachite 41
  11. Enamel - Cloisonné 34
  12. Marquetry 31
  13. Ebonised Wood 29
  14. Enamel - Champlevé 25
  15. Mirror 22
  16. Cut Glass 22
  17. Brass 20
  18. Lapis Lazuli 19
  19. Onyx 19
  20. Parquetry 18
  21. Kingwood 17
  22. Tortoiseshell 15
  23. Satinwood 11
  24. Silvered bronze 11
  25. Gilt 11
  26. Rosewood 10
  27. Leather 10
  28. Tole 10
  29. Hardstone 9
  30. Tulipwood 8
  31. Crystal 8
  32. Metal 8
  33. Pietra Dura 8
  34. Upholstery 7
  35. Faience 6
  36. Porphyry 6
  37. Vernis Martin 5
  38. Amboyna 5
  39. Fruitwood 4
  40. Lacquer 3
  41. Pewter 3
  42. Ebony 3
  43. Agate 2
  44. Bisque (biscuit) porcelain 2
  45. Giltwood 2
  46. Velvet 2
  47. Griotte Marble 2
  48. Ivory 2
  49. Stoneware 2
  50. Semi-precious stones 2
  51. Scagliola 2
  52. Precious Stones 2
  53. Opaline Glass 2
  54. Painted Wood 2
  55. Amethyst 2
  56. Rock Crystal 1
  57. Walnut 1
  58. Birdseye Maple 1
  59. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  60. Jasper 1
  61. Sycamore 1
  62. Earthenware 1
  63. Fluorspar 1
  64. Silver-gilt 1
  65. Silk 1
  66. Micro-mosaic 1
  67. Alabaster 1
  68. Ceramic 1
  69. Moulded Glass 1
Colour
  1. Gold 632
  2. Brown 184
  3. Multi-coloured 169
  4. White 124
  5. Blue 120
  6. Black 92
  7. Green 90
  8. Red 63
  9. Clear 44
  10. Turquoise 32
  11. Cream 30
  12. Pink 26
  13. Grey 20
  14. Silver 14
  15. Purple 13
  16. Yellow 10
  17. Metallic 9
  18. Orange 6
Country Of Origin
  1. French 586
  2. Chinese 27
  3. Russian 15
  4. English 14
  5. Italian 10
  6. Continental 7
  7. German 4
  8. Japanese 4
  9. Austrian 3
  10. Bohemian 2
  11. Asian 1
  12. Swiss 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 259
  2. 19th Century 218
  3. Early 20th Century 74
  4. Early 19th Century 56
  5. 20th Century 42
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 8
Artist / Maker
  1. Sèvres (French, founded 1738) 44
  2. Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892) 21
  3. Picard, Henri (French, fl. 1831-1864) 12
  4. Raingo Frères (French, founded in 1823) 9
  5. Dasson, Henry (French, 1825-1896) 7
  6. Riesener, Jean Henri (French, 1735-1806) 7
  7. Mercier Frères (French, est. 1828) 7
  8. Denière et Fils (French, 1804-1903) 6
  9. Sormani, Paul (French, 1817-1877) 5
  10. Au Gros Chêne (French, est. 19th Century) 5
  11. Boulle, André-Charles (French, 1642-1732) 5
  12. Sévin, Louis-Constant (French, 1821-1888) 5
  13. Beurdeley (French, founded 1818) 4
  14. Linke, François (French, 1855-1946) 4
  15. Le Roy et fils (French, founded 1785) 4
  16. Royer, Ernest (French, active second half of 19th Century) 3
  17. Giroux, Alphonse (French, 1809-1886) 3
  18. Feuchère, Pierre-François (French, 1737-1823) 3
  19. Leleu, Jean-Francois (French, 1729-1807) 3
  20. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (German, founded 1710) 2
  21. Maison Mottheau et fils (French, 19th Century) 2
  22. Maison Millet (French, fl. 1853-1918) 2
  23. Maison Krieger, (French, fl. 1826 - c.1910) 2
  24. Japy Freres (French, founded 1806) 2
  25. Piolaine, Michel-François (French, active from 1787) 2
  26. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (German, founded 1763) 2
  27. Lemerle-Charpentier & Compagnie (French, fl. 1870-1890) 2
  28. Grohé, Guillaume (French, active 1829-1884) 2
  29. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel (German/French, b. 1849) 2
  30. Duvinage, Ferdinand (French, 1813-1874) 2
  31. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory (Austrian, founded 1718) 2
  32. Zwiener Jansen Successeur (French, active late 19th / early 20th Century) 2
  33. Balthazard, Michel (French, active late 19th Century) 2
  34. Vian, Henri (French, 1860-1905) 2
  35. Susse Frères (French, active 1839-1970s) 2
  36. Samson et Cie (French, 1845-1969) 2
  37. Deck, Théodore (French, 1823-1891) 2
  38. Festeau Le Jeune (French, active 19th/20th Century) 2
  39. Durand et fils (French, 1890-1934) 2
  40. Tharin, Xavier (French, active 1840-1860) 1
  41. Lepaute (French, founded mid-18th Century) 1
  42. Lerolle Frères (French, 1836-1863) 1
  43. Levillain, Ferdinand (French, 1837-1905) 1
  44. Rochlitz, C. (Continental, active early 20th Century) 1
  45. Weisweiler, Adam (French, 1744-1820) 1
  46. Vion, François (French, 1737-1790) 1
  47. Victor Paillard & Romain (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  48. Longwy (French, founded 1798) 1
  49. Viardot, Gabriel (French, 1830-1906) 1
  50. Ross, Donald (British, 1830-1916) 1
  51. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. (French, fl. c 1882) 1
  52. Popelin, Claudius (French, 1825-1892) 1
  53. Marchand, Nicolas Jean (French, active from 1738) 1
  54. Pradier, James (French, 1790-1852) 1
  55. St. Louis Glassworks (French, f. 1767) 1
  56. Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520) 1
  57. Michelez (French, active 1811-1825) 1
  58. Miroy Freres, Paris (fl. mid-19th Century) 1
  59. Nast Porcelain Manufactory (French, 1783-1835) 1
  60. Schoenewerk, Pierre Alexandre (French, 1820–1885) 1
  61. Pauly & Co. (Italian, founded 1902) 1
  62. Petit, Jacob (French, 1797-1868) 1
  63. Poteau, Edmond (French, fl. 1850s-1890s) 1
  64. Marchand, L. (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  65. Ageron a Paris (French, active 19th Century) 1
  66. Lenoir, E. (French, active second half 19th Century) 1
  67. Copeland (British, c. 1833-1966) 1
  68. Ed. Kahn & Cie (French, c.1905-1950) 1
  69. Dulac, Jean (French, 1704-1786) 1
  70. du Tertre, Charles (French, 1715-1793) 1
  71. Druce & Co (English, fl. 19th Century) 1
  72. Deverberie, Jean-Simon (French, 1764-1824) 1
  73. Deveraux (French, active 19th Century) 1
  74. Delafontaine (French, founded late 18th Century) 1
  75. Creil et Montereau (French, founded 1840) 1
  76. Colinet, Claire Jeanne Roberte (French, 1880-1950) 1
  77. Falconet, Etienne-Maurice (French, 1716-1791) 1
  78. Clodion (French, 1738-1814) 1
  79. Chaumont, G.H. (French, 1790-1868) 1
  80. Charpentier & Compagnie (French, fl. 1860s) 1
  81. Charles Oudin (French, founded 1797) 1
  82. Chapu, Henri (French, 1833-1891) 1
  83. Carlin, Martin (French, active 1766-1785) 1
  84. Brezagez, Pierre (French, fl. 1727-1748) 1
  85. Benneman, Guillaume (French, 1750-post 1811) 1
  86. Baffert, Martin (French, active late 18th Century) 1
  87. Edwards & Roberts (British, founded 1845) 1
  88. Gagneau Frères (French, founded 1839) 1
  89. Le Roy, Julien (French, 1686-1759) 1
  90. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin (French, fl. 19th Century) 1
  91. L. Leroy & Cie (French, active 19th - early 20th Century) 1
  92. Kreisser, Edouard (French, fl. 1843-1863) 1
  93. Jolly, Gaston (French, active from 1784) 1
  94. J. Vieillard & Cie (French, 1845-1895) 1
  95. Imperial Porcelain Factory (Russian, founded 1744) 1
  96. Houdon, Jean-Antoine (French, 1741-1828) 1
  97. Honoré Pons, Pierre-César (French, fl. 1807-1846) 1
  98. H. Journet & Cie (French, founded 1875) 1
  99. Guillemin, Emile Coriolan Hippolyte (French, 1841-1907) 1
  100. Graux, Jules (French, active late 19th Century) 1
  101. Galberg, Ivan Ivanovich (Russian, 1782-1863) 1
  102. Grade, Louis (French, active 19th Century) 1
  103. Gory, Affortunato (Italian, active 1895-1925) 1
  104. Gleizes (French, active 19th Century) 1
  105. Girbelin (French, 19th Century) 1
  106. Gervais, Ferdinand (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  107. Gérôme, Jean-Léon (French, 1824-1904) 1
  108. Garella, Antonio Giuseppe (Italian, 1863-1919) 1
  109. Galle, Gérard-Jean (French, 1788-1846) 1
  110. Galle, Claude (French, 1759-1815) 1
  111. Janetti Father & Sons (Italian, fl. late 19th and early 20th Centuries) 1

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