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Ormolu Mounted Chinese Turquoise Glazed Vase & Cover

An Ormolu Mounted Chinese Turquoise Glazed Vase and Cover. The Mounts are 18th Century and Later. The Vase is 18th-Century.

An ormolu-mounted Chinese turquoise glazed vase is a decorative art object that combines elements of Chinese ceramics with French bronze mounts. The term “ormolu” refers to a type of gilded bronze used in decorative arts in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The vase itself is made of porcelain and glazed in a turquoise color, which is a distinctive feature of Chinese ceramics. The turquoise glaze is achieved by adding copper oxide to the glaze, which creates a vibrant blue-green color. The glaze is then fired in a kiln to create a durable and glossy surface. The bronze mounts are added to the vase after it is made and glazed. These mounts are made using the ormolu technique, which involves casting bronze and then gilding it with gold to create a shiny, reflective surface.

Ormolu-mounted Chinese turquoise glazed vases were popular decorative objects during the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe, where they were often displayed in formal rooms like drawing rooms and salons. They were prized for their combination of Chinese and European design elements, as well as their high-quality craftsmanship and beauty. Today, they are still valued as collectors’ items and can be found in museums and private collections around the world.


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