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. Rococo 96
  4. Empire 90
  5. Louis XV 84
  6. Belle Époque 59
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  19. Russian Interest 12
  20. Boulle 12
  21. Mythological 12
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  23. Louis XIV 11
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  38. Militaria / Military 4
  39. Marine / Seascape 4
  40. Biblical 3
  41. Persian interest 3
  42. Religious 3
  43. Landscape 3
  44. Academic 3
  45. Genre 3
  46. Art Nouveau 2
  47. Art Deco 2
  48. Transitional 2
  49. Bizarre 2
  50. Equestrian / Horses 2
  51. Christian 2
  52. Meiji 2
  53. History Painting 2
  54. Bohemian 2
  55. Moorish 1
  56. Urban Views / Townscapes 1
  57. Shakespeare, Theatre & Literature 1
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  59. Arabesque 1
  60. Hunting 1
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  62. Arms / Armour 1
  63. Louis Philippe 1
  64. Contemporary 1
  65. Edwardian 1
  66. Regency 1
  67. Capodimonte 1
  68. Byzantine 1
  69. Ottoman 1
  70. Arts & Crafts 1
  71. Mannerist 1
  72. Meissen 1
  73. 20th and 21st Century Design 1
Material
  1. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 658
  2. Porcelain 117
  3. Marble 111
  4. Patinated Bronze 70
  5. Enamel 69
  6. Malachite 59
  7. Glass 54
  8. Wood 50
  9. Bronze 44
  10. Mahogany 42
  11. Enamel - Cloisonné 31
  12. Marquetry 29
  13. Enamel - Champlevé 26
  14. Ebonised Wood 25
  15. Cut Glass 22
  16. Kingwood 19
  17. Onyx 18
  18. Parquetry 18
  19. Lapis Lazuli 17
  20. Mirror 16
  21. Brass 14
  22. Gilt 14
  23. Tortoiseshell 13
  24. Leather 12
  25. Satinwood 11
  26. Silvered bronze 11
  27. Rosewood 11
  28. Metal 8
  29. Hardstone 8
  30. Tulipwood 7
  31. Tole 7
  32. Crystal 7
  33. Faience 6
  34. Vernis Martin 6
  35. Amboyna 6
  36. Pietra Dura 6
  37. Porphyry 5
  38. Velvet 5
  39. Upholstery 3
  40. Ebony 3
  41. Lacquer 3
  42. Opaline Glass 2
  43. Painted Wood 2
  44. Griotte Marble 2
  45. Giltwood 2
  46. Fruitwood 2
  47. Stoneware 2
  48. Amethyst 2
  49. Silk 2
  50. Semi-precious stones 2
  51. Scagliola 2
  52. Agate 2
  53. Moulded Glass 2
  54. Mother-of-Pearl 1
  55. Fluorspar 1
  56. Gilt Metal 1
  57. Alabaster 1
  58. Micro-mosaic 1
  59. Patinated Metal 1
  60. Cast Iron 1
  61. Satin 1
  62. Spelter 1
  63. Ceramic 1
  64. Jasper 1
  65. Precious Stones 1
  66. Rock Crystal 1
  67. Bisque (biscuit) porcelain 1
  68. Stained Glass 1
Colour
  1. Gold 636
  2. Brown 176
  3. Multi-coloured 160
  4. White 130
  5. Blue 109
  6. Green 106
  7. Black 80
  8. Red 62
  9. Clear 40
  10. Turquoise 32
  11. Cream 27
  12. Pink 22
  13. Grey 20
  14. Silver 13
  15. Purple 11
  16. Metallic 8
  17. Orange 7
  18. Yellow 6
Country Of Origin
  1. French 584
  2. Chinese 29
  3. English 15
  4. Russian 14
  5. Continental 8
  6. Italian 8
  7. German 7
  8. Austrian 4
  9. Japanese 4
  10. Bohemian 2
  11. Asian 1
  12. Belgian 1
  13. Swiss 1
Period
  1. Late 19th Century 264
  2. 19th Century 201
  3. Early 20th Century 74
  4. Early 19th Century 58
  5. 20th Century 47
  6. 18th Century and Earlier 13
  7. 21st Century 1
Artist / Maker
  1. Sèvres 38
  2. Barbedienne, Ferdinand 20
  3. Picard, Henri 12
  4. Raingo Frères 8
  5. Denière et Fils 7
  6. Linke, François 6
  7. Riesener, Jean Henri 5
  8. Sévin, Louis-Constant 5
  9. Au Gros Chêne 5
  10. Dasson, Henry 5
  11. Boulle, André-Charles 4
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  14. Le Roy et fils 4
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  20. Royer, Ernest 3
  21. Royal Vienna Porcelain Manufactory 3
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  23. Feuchère, Pierre-François 3
  24. Weisweiler, Adam 3
  25. Piolaine, Michel-François 2
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  28. Rancoulet, Ernest 2
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  44. Michelez 1
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  51. Schoenewerk, Pierre Alexandre 1
  52. Tahan 1
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  54. Thiébaut Frères 1
  55. Thomire, Pierre-Philippe 1
  56. Rosel 1
  57. Viardot, Gabriel 1
  58. Vion, François 1
  59. Rémond, François 1
  60. Raphael 1
  61. Victor Paillard & Romain 1
  62. Pradier, James 1
  63. Poteau, Edmond 1
  64. Silvani 1
  65. Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon & Cie. 1
  66. Levillain, Ferdinand 1
  67. A. M. E. Fournier 1
  68. Lerolle Frères 1
  69. Delafontaine 1
  70. Gagneau Frères 1
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  72. Falconet, Etienne-Maurice 1
  73. Ed. Kahn & Cie 1
  74. du Tertre, Charles 1
  75. Durand et fils 1
  76. Druce & Co 1
  77. Dresden Porcelain Manufactory 1
  78. Deverberie, Jean-Simon 1
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  84. Colinet, Claire Jeanne Roberte 1
  85. Chaumont, G.H. 1
  86. Charles Oudin 1
  87. Carlin, Martin 1
  88. Brezagez, Pierre 1
  89. Bourdin, A. E. 1
  90. Balthazard, Michel 1
  91. Baffert, Martin 1
  92. Galle, Claude 1
  93. Garella, Antonio Giuseppe 1
  94. Lepaute 1
  95. Houdon, Jean-Antoine 1
  96. Lenoir, E. 1
  97. Kreisser, Edouard 1
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  104. Imperial Porcelain Factory 1
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  110. Guillemin, Emile Coriolan Hippolyte 1
  111. Gros, Jean-Louis-Benjamin 1
  112. Grohé, Guillaume 1
  113. Graux, Jules 1
  114. Grade, Louis 1
  115. Gouthière, Pierre 1
  116. Gory, Affortunato 1
  117. Gleizes 1
  118. Zwiener Jansen Successeur 1

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