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A fine pair of Louis XVI period bronze, that is bronze that has been coated with gold using a mercury amalgam. Due to the health risks associated with using mercury, this method of creating ormolu was discontinued in France in the 1830s. A substitute was developed consisting of about 75% copper and 25% zinc, however it was inferior to the bronze version. It was often lacquered to prevent it tarnishing.'>ormolu, bronze and marble eight light candelabra, French, 18th century, formed from classically draped maidens with urns issuing 'S' scroll foliate decorated branches. Standing on circular rouge Royal marble plinths, decorated with vine festoon' data-content='A popular neo-classical form of decoration in decorative art consisting of a pendant garland made up of flowers, fruit and leaves, and found on all types of objects from furniture to ceramics and clocks, and in many materials from bronze to wood.<br><br>Common themes included in swags are husks, chains, hops, and laurel leaves.'>garland / Festoon' data-content='A popular neo-classical form of decoration in decorative art consisting of a pendant garland made up of flowers, fruit and leaves, and found on all types of objects from furniture to ceramics and clocks, and in many materials from bronze to wood.<br><br>Common themes included in swags are husks, chains, hops, and laurel leaves.'>swags, 46 cm wide, 37 cm deep, 94 cm high

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