from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several copper and zinc or tin alloys resembling gold in appearance and used to ornament furniture, moldings, architectural details, and jewelry.
- n. An imitation of gold.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Golden or gilded brass or bronze used for decorative purposes.
- adj. Made from golden or gilded brass or bronze.
- v. To decorate with gilded ormolu articles.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A variety of brass made to resemble gold by the use of less zinc and more copper in its composition than ordinary brass contains. Its golden color is often heightened by means of lacquer of some sort, or by use of acids. Called also mosaic gold.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Gold-leaf prepared for gildingbronze, brass, or the like.
- n. Hence Gilded bronze prepared for metal mountings of elegant furniture and similar decorative purposes.
- n. Fine brass, sometimes colored and treated with lacquer to give it brilliancy: used for imitation jewelry, chandeliers, and similar fine metal-work.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. brass that looks like gold; used to decorate furniture
He discussed woods with him -- rosewood, mahogany, walnut, English oak, bird's-eye maple, and the manufactured effects such as ormolu, marquetry, and Boule, or buhl.
This crimson room had two doors upon the side facing the three windows: The innermost opened into a large supper-room, in which a table was spread covered with the usual refreshments of European parties, -- tea, ices, lemonade, and et ceteras, -- and the other opened into a ball-room which is a sort of miniature of the 'salle blanche' of the Winter Palace, being white and gold, and very brilliantly lighted with 'ormolu' chandeliers filled with myriads of candles.
He discussed woods with him — rosewood, mahogany, walnut, English oak, bird’s-eye maple, and the manufactured effects such as ormolu, marquetry, and Boule, or buhl.
The room was filled with hothouse flowers, twinkling electric lights, gilded candelabra, potted palms and crystal and ormolu chandeliers hung with pink roses and asparagus vines.
Still, he remembers one space offering a welcome caesura from the ormolu and swag: the Blue Room, which the Count used as his personal sitting area.
From the Grand Hall will come a striking gilt-bronze and ormolu center table from the late 18th-early 19th century attributed to one of the renowned cabinet decorators of the time, sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire.
A suite of four 19th-century 12-light candelabras are also a monumental feature from the Grand Hall, with classical women in flowing, dark ormolu robes standing on a green marble base, balancing the golden candle holders on their heads estimate: €200,000-€300,000.
Where viewers might see shiny patterns, McMillan sees ormolu mounts.
Another Baroque highlight is a decorative Florentine cabinet embellished with ormolu and Sicilian jasper plaques estimate: £25,000-£40,000.
For a refit, we were told, and we went to the pre-sale gathering at Bonhams and saw the 1950s painted panels, the chandeliers, the ormolu light fittings, the fret-worked tables and the lattice chairs, all somehow sadder and more tatty away from their legendary surroundings, marking the end of an era.