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Antique Pair Capodimonte Champleve Enamel & Gilt Bronze Urns 19th C

Antique Pair Capodimonte Champleve Enamel & Gilt Bronze Urns 19th C Sold

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Dating from around 1880, this beautiful pair of Italian Capodimonte porcelain lidded gilt bronze urns feature French ormolu mounts and champleve enamel detailing.

Decorated in the Capodimonte style, these gilt bronze urns have hand painted moulded and coloured scenes of cherubs within gilt scrolling borders. The case and lids feature ormolu mounts and champleve enamel lids and bases. The ormolu bases have been stamped in France.

These wonderful objects will add a touch of luxury and glamour to any surroundings.


These gilt bronze urns are in excellent condition with no chips or damage. You can verify this for yourself by looking at the photographs. You are always welcome to visit our North London warehouse to view these lovely gilt bronze urns for yourself.

More About Ormolu

Ormolu is a term that first started being used in 18th century England to describe the process of applying finely ground high-carat gold to a bronze surface using a mercury amalgam. The mercury was subsequently burnt off in a kiln leaving behind a gold veneer known as ‘gilt bronze’. Because of the dangers of using mercury which is a highly toxic substance, no ormolu was produced using this process after the 1830s in France, and it had been replaced with electroplating in the modern era, although the consensus is that nothing can surpass the old technique for producing the beauty and richness of colour.

More About Capodimonte Porcelain

The Capodimonte porcelain manufactory was set up in Naples, Italy in 1743 to emulate Meissen porcelain and became famous for its molded figurines and decorative modelled flowers applied to cups and vases. The tradition continued throughout the 19th century when the first handicraft factories were created, all of which were family managed. Alfonso Majello founded the Majellofactory in 1867 and it continues to produce Capodimonte porcelain to this day.

More About Champleve Enamel

The enamelling technique known as Champleve is made by creating troughs or cells which are carved, etched, die struck, or cast into the surface of a metal object and then filled with vitreous enamel.

More Information and To View

When it comes to gilt bronze urns of this quality it is preferable to view them in person if you are able to do so. However we appreciate 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 pair of gilt bronze urns. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of this and our many other urns and bronzes 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 of our many gilt bronze urns you are referring to.

Our showroom is open 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

You are looking at very fine gilt bronze urns which require careful specialised packing and shipping to their final destination - your home or other premises. We can pack and ship these bronze urns to almost any destination worldwide, but we request that you please call or email for a shipping quotation before making a purchase of these items so that we can fully discuss your requirements.

We ship these gilt bronze urns to any mainland UK address free of charge. If you are not satisfied with the 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 this pair of gilt bronze urns, unless we have erroneously described the items in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the items 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 19 x Width 8 x Depth 7

Dimensions in inches:

Height 7 inches x Width 3 inches x Depth 3 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: 08621