A Pair Of French 19th Century Louis XVI St Ormolu And Porphyr Gueridons
Item # 7636
An stunning and high quality pair of French 19th century Louis XVI st ormolu and porphyr Gueridons. Each impressive Gueridon is raised on an ormolu tripod, ending with hoof feet, accented by large acanthus leaves at the base, and a scrolled one at the top. A circular ormolu bottom tier has a fitted and removable solid porphyr shelf joining the three supports. Above is a molded ormolu gallery with a large solid porphyr fitted top.
Porphyry was Imperial Rome’s most prestigious stone for columns, vases, and other objects. The word “porphyry” comes from the Latin word for purple, which was the color of nobility to the Romans. Porphyry is considered the Imperial Stone of the Roman Empire. In the year 18 AD, the Roman Legionaire Caius Cominius discovered a beautiful purple stone in the eastern desert of Egypt. It was a deep purple color with flecks of larger white crystals and was perfect for carving. This porphyry quickly became the most prestigious stone for the elite of Rome and Byzantium. For centuries the Romans quarried this treasured stone at Mons Porphyrites Porphyry Mountain.