French Empire Fall Front Secretary with Fire-Gilded Mounts, c. 1810
French Empire fall front mahogany secretary with original ormolu bronze doré mounts.
The manufacture of true bronze doré ormalu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copper, brass, 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.
WIDTH: 28 in | HEIGHT: 61 in | DEPTH: 19 in
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CONDITION: French polished