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Where can one buy ormolu furniture accents on the Internet?

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November 09, 2011 3:16PM

Antique stores. Ormolu is not made anymore. People associate it with heavily gilded bronze fixtures attached to hardwood inlay accented furniture and clocks but ormolu is actually the technique of gilding, not a style. If you are looking for more of the style, check out "Louis XV, Boulle, and French Empire". Ormolu gilding was outlawed in France during the 19th century due to the fact that craftsman working in the gilding forges were dying from mercury exposure prematurely - mercury being the element in the gilding mixture that gives antique ormolu it's renowned deep yellow glow that is still brilliant today.