ormolu


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or·mo·lu

 (ôr′mə-lo͞o′)
n.
1. Any of several copper and zinc or tin alloys resembling gold in appearance and used to ornament furniture, moldings, architectural details, and jewelry.
2. An imitation of gold.

[French or moulu : or, gold (from Old French; see or3) + obsolete French molu, past participle of moudre, to grind up (from Old French, from Latin molere; see melə- in Indo-European roots).]

ormolu

(ˈɔːməˌluː)
n
1. (Art Terms)
a. a gold-coloured alloy of copper, tin, or zinc used to decorate furniture, mouldings, etc
b. (as modifier): an ormolu clock.
2. (Art Terms) gold prepared to be used for gilding
[C18: from French or moulu ground gold]

or•mo•lu

(ˈɔr məˌlu)

n.
1. an alloy of copper and zinc used to imitate gold.
2. gilded metal, esp. cast brass or bronze gilded over fire with an amalgam of gold and mercury, used for furniture mounts and ornamental objects.
[1755–65; < French or moulu literally, ground gold]

ormolu

Gilded bronze used to decorate furniture.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ormolu - brass that looks like goldormolu - brass that looks like gold; used to decorate furniture
brass - an alloy of copper and zinc
Translations

ormolu

[ˈɔːməʊluː] Nsimilor m, bronce m dorado

ormolu

n (= alloy)Messing nt; (= decoration)Messingverzierungen pl; (= mountings)Messingbeschläge pl
adjaus Messing
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Even personal experience of these facts was not always a protection from the chill that descended on one in the high-ceilinged white-walled Madison Avenue drawing-room, with the pale brocaded armchairs so obviously uncovered for the occasion, and the gauze still veiling the ormolu mantel ornaments and the beautiful old carved frame of Gainsborough's "Lady Angelica du Lac.
There was a silence during which the tick of the monumental ormolu clock on the white marble mantelpiece grew as loud as the boom of a minute-gun.
He was rather sorry he had come, till Lady Narborough, looking at the great ormolu gilt clock that sprawled in gaudy curves on the mauve-draped mantelshelf, exclaimed: "How horrid of Henry Wotton to be so late
She also benignantly intimated to him, aloud, the nature of the objects upon which he looked, and to which he was unaccustomed: as, 'Exotics, George,' 'An aviary, George,' 'An ormolu clock, George,' and the like.
There is more than a little of the classical in the fire-gilded bronze and ormolu chandelier made around 1800 to the designs of George Morant.
The room for fine-dining experience can be minimalist or ormolu, but the food must build on the cycle of tradition and innovation that has been refined for hundreds of years.
An impressive French ormolu singing bird automaton mantle clock is expected to fetch up to PS12,000 and a 1930s French rug of Moroccan influence, signed in weave by Ivan de Silva Bruhns, is set to realise PS6,000.
In the miscellanea section an elegant French marble and ormolu clock garniture realised PS1,000, a 12in bronze model of Napoleon on horseback, PS600, a ladies leather travel case by Finnigans of New Bond Street complete with silver accessories, PS480, and a pair of pocket percussion pistols by Westwood of London, PS420.
19th century "Sevres" lidded vase with ormolu mounts painted with figures on a gilded and jewelled blue ground.
The medal of 72 mm in diameter in two finishes patinated bronze and ormolu.
Blue John, or "Derbyshire Spar", takes its name from bleu-jaune (blue-yellow) probably from the days when worked pieces were sent to France to be mounted in ormolu (gilt bronze) and fitted with gilded handles and ornament by French craftsmen.
Marrying well, he turned to producing luxury silver, ormolu, and japanned goods for a more exclusive clientele.