Antique Set 4 Dresden Porcelain Ormolu Mounted Wall Plaques
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Dating from around 1880, this is a lovely set of four antique ormolu mounted Dresden porcelain circular wall plaques, hand painted with various figures in seventeenth century dress.
Each plaque features a romantic figure, two male and two female, and they are all set in their wonderful original decorative gilded bronze frames. Comprising four pieces, this is a superb set and will grace any interior adding a touch of elegance and class.
These antique ormolu wall plaques are in excellent condition. Please refer to the photographs to see for yourself.
More About Dresden Porcelain
In the early 18th Century, the prince elector of Saxony, King Augustus II, believing in the tales of the alchemists of the time, held the goldsmith Johann Bottger prisoner and demanded that he make gold. Fortunately he was able to save himself by discovering the recipe for porcelain instead.
Porcelain had been imported into Europe from China since the 14th century and was highly prized, but no one properly understood its constituents or how to make it in Europe. The King announced to Europe that he would open a a porcelain manufactory in Dresden in 1710, but realising that his secret would be stolen, he opened it instead inside the walls of the nearby Albrechtsburg Castle, where he kept the workmen prisoner.
However, by 1720 the secret was leaked and porcelain producers appeared in Vienna and Venice. Dresden adopted the Saxon crossed swords in underglaze blue as their mark. In 1736 they produced their ‘Swan Service’ which, comprising 1,400 pieces is the largest most lavish porcelain service ever created.
More About Ormolu
Ormolu is the name given to a gilding technique that originally used mercury amalgam to create a gold-coloured veneer on metal objects, particularly brass. The amalgam, containing finely powdered gold would be coated on the object and then burnt off in a kiln leaving behind the gilded surface. Using mercury was banned in the 1830s in France and was replaced with electroplating in more modern times.
More Information and To View
Fine ormolu mounted porcelain plaques of this quality are always best viewed in person if that is 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 lovely ormolu mounted porcelain plaques. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of these and our other ormolu 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 mounted porcelain plaques are valuable items 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 mounted porcelain plaques 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 39 x Width 39 x Depth 5
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 3 inches x Width 1 foot, 3 inches x Depth 2 inches
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: 08009
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