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ormolu

(ôr`məlo͞o), finish used on metal to imitate gold. It is employed chiefly for furniture mountings. The term originally applied to a coating of ground gold and was extended to alloys of copper and zinc. Ormolu mountings were characteristic of 18th-century furniture and attained their highest artistic and technical development in France, especially in the work of Charles Cressent, Pierre Gouthière, and Jacques Caffieri. Ormolu was produced on a large scale in England, with Matthew Boulton the chief manufacturer. Workmanship deteriorated in the 19th cent.

ormolu

1. Gold crushed with mercury to form a paste.
2. An article or ornamental appliqué of bronze, first coated with such paste, then heated to evaporate the mercury, leaving pure gold evenly and securely deposited.
3. Any metal or substitute finished to resemble mercury-gilded bronze.

ormolu

1. 
a. a gold-coloured alloy of copper, tin, or zinc used to decorate furniture, mouldings, etc.
b. (as modifier): an ormolu clock
2. gold prepared to be used for gilding
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Paul Mellon Centre for British Art 16 Bedford Square London WC1B 3JA Tel: 020 7580 0311 www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk Organised in conjunction with Soho House in Birmingham, where Boulton (1728-1809) lived and had his factory, this conference explores themes such as Boulton's career, his work in ormolu and silver, and the role of his factory.
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