Antique Pair Large Empire Ormolu Bronze Candelabra C1860
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Dating from around 1860, this is an exquisite large antique pair of dark patinated bronze and gilded ormolu five light, four branch Empire candelabra.
Each of these candelabra is cast as a classical muse and stands on canted square plinths cast with acanthus. This beautiful pair of bronze candelabra are in elegant Empire style, a neoclassical style prevalent in France during the first part of the 19th century.
We bought these on our last buying trip to Montpelier.
These ormolu bronze candelabra are in excellent original condition. Please check the photographs for confirmation of this.
More About Empire Style
The Empire style that these ormolu bronze candelabra are typical of, was an early 19th century design movement that spanned not only the decorative arts and furniture, but also architecture and the visual arts in Europe and America.
The style originated in France during the reign of Napoleon I taking its name from the First French Empire where it was intended to idealize Napoleon’s leadership. It corresponds to the Regency style in England, the Biedermeier style in German-speaking lands and the Federal style in the United States.
The overall design ethic was based on aspects of the Roman Empire and is considered the second phase of neoclassicism which was so popular throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries. Motifs draw heavily from ancient Greek and Roman symbols and ornamentation, as is the case with these dark patinated bronze and gilded ormolu candelabra which display figures of the Muses, ancient Greek goddesses.
More About Ormolu
Ormolu is the 18th century English term used to describe the French method for gilding bronze with a fine gold veneer. Involving coating the item with a mercury amalgam containing high-carat fine powdered gold, the item would then be fired in a kiln ensuring the mercury was driven off leaving the golden gilt surface.
However, the method using mercury was outlawed in France in the 1830s, due to the toxic nature of mercury. In more modern times electroplating was used to gild bronze and other metals, although some authorities believe that the mercury method produced a better quality finish.
More Information and To View
Fine ormolu bronze candelabra of this quality are always best viewed in person if at all possible. However we know that this is not always possible so you are welcome to contact us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about these wonderful ormolu bronze candelabra. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of this and our many other ormolu bronze candelabra and other bronze items at our North London warehouse and showroom. Please email us or call for an appointment to view, quoting our reference as shown above so we know which item you are referring to.
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Shipping, Delivery and Return
These ormolu bronze candelabra are valuable items with delicate fine detailing and so require specialised packing and shipping to their final destination - your home or other premises. We can pack and ship them to almost any destination worldwide, but we request that you please call or email for a shipping quotation before making your purchase so that we can fully discuss your requirements.
We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge. If you are not satisfied with these items we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for these ormolu bronze candelabra unless we have erroneously described them in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return them in their original packaging and condition. You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 68 x Width 30 x Depth 30
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 3 inches x Width 1 foot x Depth 1 foot
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 07671
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