19th century French Rococo mercury bronze oil lamp chandelier originally oil converted to electric. Elaborate gold bronze scrolled frame with acanthus leaf decoration supporting a central oil lamp with dome shaped frosted acid etched shade and pierced crown, period gilded oil burner with glass oil reservoir (the glass reservoir has been electrified to provide more light, not shown in picture), below the glass reservoir bronze acanthus leaf ornamentation with acorn finial. Mercury gold bronze is rare and is recognized for its finest quality and extraordinary vibrant color. This type of fire-gilding is an ancient process of gold mercury amalgam exposed to high heat.
Rococo design dominated interiors and furniture during Louis XV’s reign in the 18th century with sensuous organic curves, asymmetry and elaborate ornamentation with an aura of fantasy, luxury and elegance, while being intimate and comfortable at the same time. Art and design was influenced greatly by the king's chief mistress Madame Pompadour, a patron of the arts was behind the funding of the porcelain company Sévres. This glamorous design has a sophisticated style and adds contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
Place of Origin: France
Period: Circa 1880
Dimensions: (41 in. H x 24 in. DIA)
Condition: Excellent Antique Condition
Wear: wear consitent with age and use
Rococo Gold Bronze Oil Lamp Chandelier, France, 1880