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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Gilt, gold leaf and ormolu

My 50th post! I can hardly believe it. This occasion calls for gilt, gold leaf and ormolu.

This 18th century Louis XVI chair features carved giltwood and its original Aubusson tapestry upholstery. A perfect perch for springtime.

These 19th century French apothecary jars are made of porcelain and feature gilt on the finials and border.

This beautiful azure Louis XV desk with gilded molding makes my heart beat a little faster.

Gold leaf can also be used for gilding but must contain at least 92% real gold. It is often found on picture frames such as this 19th century painting featuring a tranquil scene of a shepherd with his flock.

Gold leafing can often appear on mirrors such as this Italian Rococo example. This French settee from the 1920's personifies casual elegance with its gold leaf frame and muslin upholstery.

The interiors of these 19th century apothecary jars feature hand appliqued gold leaf. Can you imagine the patience required to do this?

Ormolu (or gilt bronze) is created by applying finely ground high karat gold to an object of bronze. True ormolu is no longer created due to the mercury fumes that are released when the metal is heated. Most guilders died before the age of 40 due to the exposure. Ormolu was often used in the decorative mountings on objects such as this 18th century kingwood desk.

This Louis XVI marble mantle clock features bronze and ormolu.
Reproduction pieces such as this Louis XV styled commode can often be found at estate sales and flea markets for an affordable price.

All images from 1st Dibs

I am also celebrating my very first award! It is the Arte Y Pico award.

This award was presented to me by the delightful Carol at Charli and Me . Carol's blog features the funniest cartoons, beautiful pictures, fantastic memories, and intriguing, thought provoking posts.

The award states that it is "dedicated to many who nourish and enrich the spirit and creativity. They see dedication, creativity, camaraderie, joy, and above all ART, much art. I wish that this prize is entertaining to all those bloggers and to bloggers who day by day share this space and enrich it a little more each day."

I shall now have to think about who I would like to bestow this award on. There are so many wonderfully talented bloggers that inspire me.

Thank you Carol for this wonderful honor. It encourages me to keep on writing.


Miss Sandy said...

CONGRATULATIONS! On your 50th post and your award! I rather think Id' like to sit and write at the awesome azure hued desk, beautiful. I love how you weave the history of the pieces you feature with process of how they are created.

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

I just recently recieved the award myself though im new to blogging.
so now the pressure is

Liz said...

Congrats on your 50th. I'm seriously coveting that settee (did I spell that right?). There is NO way Mabel could ruin that. :)

Denise said...

Congratulations, Laura! What a wonderful way to celebrate 50 posts - a lovely award! Your blof is such a delight to visit. Keep up the good work!

sara said...

Wow, 50 posts, amazing! Your images are all so gorgeous, you reay have an eye for design.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations, Laura! Gold leaf and ormolu might not be my personal style, but what you're showing us here is gorgeous! I enjoy visiting your blog frequently!

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

This is a beautiful site. My first visit here. I'll be back another day to look around better.
Congrats on your 50th.