Vintage Ormolu & Marble Dolphin Table Lamp Louis Revival
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This is a superb large white marble and ormolu Louis Revival table lamp, dating from the last quarter of the 20th century.
The central column of this lamp stands on four ormolu dolphins which are raised on a marble socle that rests on an ormolu base.
The craftsmanship in this vintage ormolu and marble table lamp in the Louis Revival style is second to none throughout all aspects of this ormolu and marble table lamp and it is sure to add an unparalleled touch of elegance to your home.
This vintage table lamp is in excellent condition having been thoroughly cleaned and rewired in our workshops. Please check the photographs for confirmation of this.
More About Ormolu
Ormolu is another term for gilded brass produced using a process that used mercury nitrate and mercury amalgam to coat a bronze or other metal surface with finely powdered gold. Once the object had been coated with the amalgam it was fired in a kiln at very high temperatures and the mercury would burn off leaving a gold coloured gilt veneer. No true ormolu has been produced since the 1830s when the use of mercury was banned in France due to its toxicity. More modern methods include using electroplating to gild bronze.
More Information and To View
Valuable items such as this are always best viewed in person if 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 this lovely vintage ormolu and marble table lamp in the Louis Revival style. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of this and our many 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.
Our showroom is open for viewing from 10am to 5pm every weekday and also on occasional Saturdays - please call first before making a journey on a Saturday to make certain that we are open on your chosen day.
Shipping, Delivery and Return
This vintage table lamp is a delicate and valuable item that requires specialised packing and shipping to its final destination - your home or other premises. We can pack and ship this ormolu table lamp 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 this item 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 this vintage ormolu and marble table lamp unless we have erroneously described it in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return it in its original packaging and condition. You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.
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: 07826
Please feel free to email or call us (+44 20 8809 9605) to arrange a viewing in our North London warehouse.