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Articles on Decorative Arts
identifying fake sevres
As Sevres has produced some of the most beautiful porcelain ever created, it is only normal that there are many copies and fakes on the market. This discussion is limited to two Sevres patterns - the "Services A Chiffre Dore" and the "Service des Officiers."
The internet is a dangerous place to research methods to clean gilt bronze (called ormolu in France). Every crackpot has a nostrum guaranteed to produced marvelous results, while typically doing more harm than good. There is one method of cleaning gilt bronze that is usually effective, and will not damage the gilding in any way.
There is no better way to bring beauty to a room than installing a high quality chandelier. The Empire and Restauration periods produced bronze work of unparalleled quality, and many copies created later in the 19th century were made to high technical standards. Unfortunately, finding a good example at a reasonable price is quite challenging.
This settee was made by Bellangé between 1810-1811. It is part of a suite ordered in 1810 by Jean-Antoine Baston, the comte de Lariboisiere, for the Chateau Monthorin at Louvigné-du-Désert, in Brittany.
This debate does not exist in France. Here, while not all antiques need to be made “remise in etat”, they should at least be aesthetically pleasing with most major flaws corrected. There are two main reasons for this.