"Ormolu" is the word for today, and refers to the process of adding gold to a piece of base metal such as copper, brass or bronze resulting in beautiful decorative embellishments used on everything from furniture to glass and clocks. The French were particularly adept at using ormolu in the 18th and 19th centuries. Picture the interior of Versailles with the lavish decor, or the movie "Marie Antoinette". There's ormolu all over the place.
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We might not be able to afford the grand pieces of ormolu embellished furniture that would have been found in a French chateau, but smaller items such as clocks and perfume bottles with ormolu mounts can be within our budgets. The perfume bottle below sold on Ebay recently for $68:
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We can all feel a little bit like Marie Antoinette with a few pieces of ormolu on our dressers!