Antique French Empire Revival Gilt Bronze Picture Frame, circa 1880
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This lovely antique gilt bronze picture frame dates from the French Empire Revival period and is dated around 1880.
The frame is shield shaped and features a spread eagle crest with military flags and laurel wreaths on either side in the typical styling of the Napoleonic era. The ribbon wrapped stand is joined by a pair of cornucopia.
This is a highly unusual collectable piece and will add a touch of class to wherever it is displayed.
This antique gilt bronze picture frame is in excellent original condition. You can check this by viewing the photographs.
More About Gilt Bronze (Ormolu)
Ormolu describes a process of gilding metal with gold. The term ‘ormolu’ was coined in 18th Century England. The original process involved coating the metal to be gilded with a mercury amalgam that contained finely powdered high-carat gold. The piece would then be fired in a kiln and the mercury would burn off leaving a fine gilded finish. Using mercury for the process was banned in France in the 1830s due to the dangerous nature of mercury and the process was replaced by electroplating in more modern times.
More Information and To View
Fine gilt bronze picture frames of this quality are always best viewed them 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 this lovely gilt bronze picture frame. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of this and our many other gilt bronze picture frames 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
This gilt bronze picture frame is a valuable item that requires specialised packing and shipping to its final destination - your home or other premises. We can pack and ship it 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 the 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 gilt bronze picture frame unless we have erroneously described the item 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.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 21 x Width 18 x Depth 1
Dimensions in inches:
Height 8 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 0 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: 08419
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