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 290
  2. Louis XVI 132
  3. Empire 94
  4. Rococo 93
  5. Louis XV 80
  6. Belle Époque 64
  7. Floral 59
  8. Figurative Art 55
  9. Sèvres 54
  10. Classical 45
  11. Napoleon III 41
  12. Chinese Interest 30
  13. Islamic 24
  14. Chinoiserie 22
  15. Renaissance 20
  16. Baroque 18
  17. Boulle 15
  18. Animal / Animalier 14
  19. Restauration 13
  20. Mythological 12
  21. Louis XIV 12
  22. Japonisme 11
  23. Egyptian Revival 10
  24. Orientalist 10
  25. Russian Interest 10
  26. Fête Galante 10
  27. Victorian 9
  28. Birds / Ornithology 9
  29. Charles X 8
  30. Japanese Interest 7
  31. Napoleonic 7
  32. Régence 6
  33. Music / Musical 6
  34. Old Master 6
  35. Gothic 5
  36. Portrait 5
  37. Militaria / Military 5
  38. Marine / Seascape 4
  39. Royal / Monarchy 4
  40. Art Nouveau 3
  41. Biblical 3
  42. Transitional 3
  43. Persian interest 3
  44. Louis Philippe 3
  45. Landscape 3
  46. Aesthetic Movement 3
  47. Religious 3
  48. Art Deco 2
  49. Bizarre 2
  50. Bohemian 2
  51. Meiji 2
  52. Christian 2
  53. Hunting 2
  54. History Painting 2
  55. Arabesque 2
  56. Romantic 1
  57. Arms / Armour 1
  58. Shakespeare, Theatre & Literature 1
  59. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
  60. Equestrian / Horses 1
  61. Ottoman 1
  62. Genre 1
  63. Byzantine 1
  64. Moorish 1
  65. Meissen 1
  66. Mannerist 1
  67. Capodimonte 1
  68. Edwardian 1
  69. Academic 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 671
  2. Marble 129
  3. Porcelain 115
  4. Patinated Bronze 69
  5. Enamel 68
  6. Wood 58
  7. Glass 56
  8. Malachite 48
  9. Mahogany 46
  10. Bronze 42
  11. Marquetry 33
  12. Enamel - Cloisonné 33
  13. Ebonised Wood 29
  14. Enamel - Champlevé 26
  15. Cut Glass 24
  16. Mirror 22
  17. Onyx 21
  18. Brass 20
  19. Lapis Lazuli 19
  20. Parquetry 18
  21. Kingwood 17
  22. Tortoiseshell 15
  23. Satinwood 13
  24. Silvered bronze 12
  25. Gilt 11
  26. Rosewood 11
  27. Leather 11
  28. Tole 10
  29. Tulipwood 9
  30. Metal 9
  31. Hardstone 9
  32. Crystal 9
  33. Pietra Dura 8
  34. Porphyry 6
  35. Faience 6
  36. Vernis Martin 5
  37. Upholstery 5
  38. Amboyna 5
  39. Velvet 4
  40. Ebony 4
  41. Lacquer 4
  42. Fruitwood 4
  43. Griotte Marble 3
  44. Satin 2
  45. Ivory 2
  46. Giltwood 2
  47. Amethyst 2
  48. Stoneware 2
  49. Bisque (biscuit) porcelain 2
  50. Semi-precious stones 2
  51. Scagliola 2
  52. Opaline Glass 2
  53. Agate 2
  54. Precious Stones 2
  55. Painted Wood 2
  56. Pewter 2
  57. Rock Crystal 1
  58. Birdseye Maple 1
  59. Walnut 1
  60. Fluorspar 1
  61. Moulded Glass 1
  62. Alabaster 1
  63. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  64. Patinated Metal 1
  65. Sycamore 1
  66. Micro-mosaic 1
  67. Silver-gilt 1
  68. Silk 1
  69. Gilt Metal 1
  70. Earthenware 1
  71. Jasper 1
  72. Ceramic 1
Colour
  1. Gold 648
  2. Brown 184
  3. Multi-coloured 167
  4. White 124
  5. Blue 120
  6. Green 101
  7. Black 91
  8. Red 70
  9. Clear 46
  10. Turquoise 31
  11. Cream 29
  12. Pink 25
  13. Grey 23
  14. Silver 15
  15. Purple 13
  16. Yellow 10
  17. Metallic 8
  18. Orange 6
Country Of Origin
  1. French 597
  2. Chinese 25
  3. English 16
  4. Russian 16
  5. Italian 9
  6. Continental 8
  7. German 5
  8. Japanese 4
  9. Austrian 2
  10. Bohemian 2
  11. Asian 1
  12. Belgian 1
  13. Swiss 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 267
  2. 19th Century 215
  3. Early 20th Century 76
  4. Early 19th Century 56
  5. 20th Century 48
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 9
Artist / Maker
  1. Sèvres (French, founded 1738) 44
  2. Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892) 22
  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) 6
  8. Boulle, André-Charles (French, 1642-1732) 6
  9. Denière et Fils (French, 1804-1903) 6
  10. Sévin, Louis-Constant (French, 1821-1888) 5
  11. Au Gros Chêne (French, est. 19th Century) 5
  12. Linke, François (French, 1855-1946) 4
  13. Beurdeley (French, founded 1818) 4
  14. Le Roy et fils (French, founded 1785) 4
  15. Giroux, Alphonse (French, 1809-1886) 4
  16. Ross, Donald (British, 1830-1916) 3
  17. Royer, Ernest (French, active second half of 19th Century) 3
  18. Edwards & Roberts (British, founded 1845) 3
  19. Leleu, Jean-Francois (French, 1729-1807) 3
  20. Sormani, Paul (French, 1817-1877) 3
  21. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (German, founded 1763) 3
  22. Feuchère, Pierre-François (French, 1737-1823) 3
  23. Maison Krieger, (French, fl. 1826 - c.1910) 2
  24. Grohé, Guillaume (French, active 1829-1884) 2
  25. Zwiener, Joseph-Emmanuel (German/French, b. 1849) 2
  26. Piolaine, Michel-François (French, active from 1787) 2
  27. Deck, Théodore (French, 1823-1891) 2
  28. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory (German, founded 1710) 2
  29. Zwiener Jansen Successeur (French, active late 19th / early 20th Century) 2
  30. Maison Mottheau et fils (French, 19th Century) 2
  31. Maison Millet (French, fl. 1853-1918) 2
  32. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory (Austrian, founded 1718) 2
  33. Charpentier & Compagnie (French, fl. 1860s) 2
  34. Festeau Le Jeune (French, active 19th/20th Century) 2
  35. Samson et Cie (French, 1845-1969) 2
  36. Duvinage, Ferdinand (French, 1813-1874) 2
  37. Durand et fils (French, 1890-1934) 2
  38. Vian, Henri (French, 1860-1905) 2
  39. Lemerle-Charpentier & Compagnie (French, fl. 1870-1890) 2
  40. Susse Frères (French, active 1839-1970s) 2
  41. Silvani (French, active second half 19th Century) 1
  42. Miroy Freres, Paris (fl. mid-19th Century) 1
  43. Longwy (French, founded 1798) 1
  44. Guilmet, André Romain (French, active second half 19th Century) 1
  45. Marchand, L. (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  46. Marchand, Nicolas Jean (French, active from 1738) 1
  47. Rosel (Belgian, 1874 to early 20th Century) 1
  48. Meyer, Bernard-Alfred (French, 1832-1904) 1
  49. Michelez (French, active 1811-1825) 1
  50. St. Louis Glassworks (French, f. 1767) 1
  51. Nast Porcelain Manufactory (French, 1783-1835) 1
  52. Pauly & Co. (Italian, founded 1902) 1
  53. Petit, Jacob (French, 1797-1868) 1
  54. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. (French, fl. c 1882) 1
  55. Poteau, Edmond (French, fl. 1850s-1890s) 1
  56. Pradier, James (French, 1790-1852) 1
  57. Weisweiler, Adam (French, 1744-1820) 1
  58. Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520) 1
  59. Vion, François (French, 1737-1790) 1
  60. Rochlitz, C. (Continental, active early 20th Century) 1
  61. Levillain, Ferdinand (French, 1837-1905) 1
  62. Victor Paillard & Romain (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  63. Viardot, Gabriel (French, 1830-1906) 1
  64. Schoenewerk, Pierre Alexandre (French, 1820–1885) 1
  65. Tharin, Xavier (French, active 1840-1860) 1
  66. Popelin, Claudius (French, 1825-1892) 1
  67. Ageron a Paris (French, active 19th Century) 1
  68. Lerolle Frères (French, 1836-1863) 1
  69. Copeland (British, c. 1833-1966) 1
  70. Gagneau Frères (French, founded 1839) 1
  71. Falconet, Etienne-Maurice (French, 1716-1791) 1
  72. Ed. Kahn & Cie (French, c.1905-1950) 1
  73. du Tertre, Charles (French, 1715-1793) 1
  74. Druce & Co (English, fl. 19th Century) 1
  75. Deverberie, Jean-Simon (French, 1764-1824) 1
  76. Deveraux (French, active 19th Century) 1
  77. Delafontaine (French, founded late 18th Century) 1
  78. Creil et Montereau (French, founded 1840) 1
  79. Colinet, Claire Jeanne Roberte (French, 1880-1950) 1
  80. Galle, Claude (French, 1759-1815) 1
  81. Clodion (French, 1738-1814) 1
  82. Chaumont, G.H. (French, 1790-1868) 1
  83. Charles Oudin (French, founded 1797) 1
  84. Chapu, Henri (French, 1833-1891) 1
  85. Carlin, Martin (French, active 1766-1785) 1
  86. Brezagez, Pierre (French, fl. 1727-1748) 1
  87. Benneman, Guillaume (French, 1750-post 1811) 1
  88. Balthazard, Michel (French, active late 19th Century) 1
  89. Baffert, Martin (French, active late 18th Century) 1
  90. Baccarat (French, founded 1764) 1
  91. Galberg, Ivan Ivanovich (Russian, 1782-1863) 1
  92. Galle, Gérard-Jean (French, 1788-1846) 1
  93. Lepaute (French, founded mid-18th Century) 1
  94. Houdon, Jean-Antoine (French, 1741-1828) 1
  95. Lenoir, E. (French, active second half 19th Century) 1
  96. Le Roy, Julien (French, 1686-1759) 1
  97. L. Leroy & Cie (French, active 19th - early 20th Century) 1
  98. Kreisser, Edouard (French, fl. 1843-1863) 1
  99. Jolly, Gaston (French, active from 1784) 1
  100. Japy Freres (French, founded 1806) 1
  101. Janetti Father & Sons (Italian, fl. late 19th and early 20th Centuries) 1
  102. J. Vieillard & Cie (French, 1845-1895) 1
  103. Imperial Porcelain Factory (Russian, founded 1744) 1
  104. Honoré Pons, Pierre-César (French, fl. 1807-1846) 1
  105. Garella, Antonio Giuseppe (Italian, 1863-1919) 1
  106. H. Journet & Cie (French, founded 1875) 1
  107. Guillemin, Emile Coriolan Hippolyte (French, 1841-1907) 1
  108. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin (French, fl. 19th Century) 1
  109. Graux, Jules (French, active late 19th Century) 1
  110. Grade, Louis (French, active 19th Century) 1
  111. Gouthière, Pierre (French, 1732-1814) 1
  112. Gory, Affortunato (Italian, active 1895-1925) 1
  113. Gleizes (French, active 19th Century) 1
  114. Girbelin (French, 19th Century) 1
  115. Gervais, Ferdinand (French, fl. late 19th Century) 1
  116. Thiébaut Frères (French, c. 1775-1926) 1

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