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Antique Pair of French Art Nouveau Ormolu Wall Lights Pedestals C1910

Antique Pair of French Art Nouveau Ormolu Wall Lights Pedestals C1910
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  • Antique Pair of French Art Nouveau Ormolu Wall Lights Pedestals C1910
  • Antique Pair of French Art Nouveau Ormolu Wall Lights Pedestals C1910
  • Antique Pair of French Art Nouveau Ormolu Wall Lights Pedestals C1910
  • Antique Pair of French Art Nouveau Ormolu Wall Lights Pedestals C1910
  • Antique Pair of French Art Nouveau Ormolu Wall Lights Pedestals C1910
  • Antique Pair of French Art Nouveau Ormolu Wall Lights Pedestals C1910
  • Antique Pair of French Art Nouveau Ormolu Wall Lights Pedestals C1910
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Price: £1,200.00
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This is a stunning pair of antique French Art Nouveau ormolu gilt bronze twin arm wall sconces, C 1910 in date.

They each feature a winged maiden supporting an ormolu pedestal with a decorated  light sconce to each side. The pedestal would be perfect for displaying, for example, a pair of blue and white porcelain vases.

Purchased from a fabulous house in Hampstead, London  there is no mistaking their unique quality and design and they will soon instantly enhance the style of one special room in your home.


Condition:

In excellent condition having been cleaned, fully rewired and PAT tested. 
Please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 32 x Width 20 x Depth 21

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 8 inches x Depth 8 inches

Ormolu
 (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.
The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copperbrass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

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).

Satinwood

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.

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