Ormolu: from French ‘or moulu’, signifying ground or pounded gold.
I recently purchased 3 small jewelry/trinket boxes at an auction. I have come across many objects made of ormolu in the past, but I never researched the actual history of this process. In France, the technique is known as ‘bronze doré’, and in English, it’s referred to as ‘gilt bronze’or ‘mosaic gold’
It’s a process that is achieve by adding mercury on a brass or bronze base. At the beginning of the 18th century, the Baroque and Rococo style were popular in France and England. Rococo was very ornate, with highly decorated objects. The term Rococo is now use do describe something that is too ornate or overdone.
The original craftsmen used ormolu to decorate furniture, chandeliers, clocks as well as porcelain.
It was outlawed in France around 1830 as it was extremely toxic due to the mercury fumes. However, it was still in use until about 1900.Later on, a new technique called ‘pomponne’ was developed. It was used to refer to imitation gold or gilt metal.
Today ormolu objects are highly collectible. The small box that you see in the photo above measures about 2.5″H x 2.5 W x 2″ D . It’s a great object to decorate your vanity and to store or display your jewelry. As there are usually made of ormolu and glass, it’s practical as you can see what’s inside.
It’s a great holiday gift for any of the ladies in your life, or even for yourself! You may want to start your own ormolu collection! As usual, please fell free to post your comments or ask me any question!
Thanks a lot!/ Merci!
p.s.: This little treasure is available for sale on my etsy.com site:
I had the opportunity to meet with Garance Doré in Toronto this week. If you are not familiar with her, please check out her blog at http://www.garancedore.fr/en/
Her new book ‘Love, Style, Life’ is available in most bookstores as well as online. I know her from her fashion illustrations, but she’s also a fabulous blogger and talented photographer. It seems that these days, almost everyone is a self-proclaimed blogger… But Garance Doré is not your average blogger…She has depth, maturity and substance! The very well organized event was sponsored buy the #ClubMonaco store on Bloor Street West in #Toronto and I was very impressed with the turn out! I was expecting to see mainly women in the 30/35+ categories, but I would say that it was mainly a 20’s something crowd.
As an avid reader, I’m always intrigued to understand what makes a blog/blogger successful and popular. Most fashion/lifestyle bloggers it seems are just interested in promoting brands, and don’t have much content. I think that one must focus on a specific area in order to reach the right audience. Do you agree?
Garance Doré doesn’t come from a wealthy family with connections in the fashion world. She followed her passion and was lucky enough to reach her dream…It’s refreshing to read a blog that is inclusive of various age groups and that is not only focused on the socialites and fashionistas!
She has a very interesting perspective on society, as she has lives in both Paris, and New York, where she now calls home.
She doesn’t take herself seriously and is very honest. She shared her apprehension about turning 40 and at the same time admits that it’s not a big deal after all!
Thanks/Merci Garance for being so genuine!
You can order her book at Chapters in Canada at chapters.indigo.ca/love-style-life
and for more info, please check out: www.garancedoregoods.com