French Second Empire gilded and black bronze Centrepiece

French Second Empire gilded and black bronze Centrepiece

French Second Empire gilded and black bronze Centrepiece

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French Second Empire gilded and black bronze Dish on stand:
with ‘strawberry’-cut glass dish, on mount supported by three Egyptian figurines; the circular black bronze base with gilt central pinecone finial and honeysuckle frieze panels, raised on three lion paw feet.
Late 19th century and restored.

Height:11"-29.2cm
Width:10"-25.5cm

Second Empire

Refers to the reign of Napoleon III (1850-70) which had more flamboyant styles than 'Empire', with more curlicues. The Empress Eugénie revived the Louis XVI style, together with an eclectic mix of sources. Many of our gilt-and-glass French chandeliers are Second Empire.

gilded, gilt

A very thin layer of gold applied to brass or bronze.

finial

Ornament forming a finishing flourish.

cut glass

Often now referred to as 'crystal', the glass was blown and shaped, then passed to a specialist cutter, who would polish and cut patterns to enhance its brilliance.

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