Untamed Door Lever. In the early part of the XVIII century, the beginning of a long tradition of Bronze d’Ameublement et de Bâtiment began in France. This use of bronze for decorative hardware was the achievement of one man: André Charles Boulle (1642-1732). Bronzes de France is part of four distinguished collections, the designs and the models of which were passed down through generations of the families who originally created them in the XVIII and XIX centuries.
Bronze designs are cast in traditional methods of hand craftsmanship and the intricate detail is accentuated using the same techniques of hand chasing that are used in the making of fine jewelry. In the XVII century, craftsman used a sand cast process. However, today they use form of casting as well as the Lost Wax process, which gives much finer detail to the castings. Their finishes are also very traditional. Even though they do not use mercury gold plating process today for obvious environmental reasons, their nitrate gold is amazingly close the XVIII century Mercury Gold finish which can still be seen on the decorative hardware in the Palais de Versailles.
*Sold in pairs
Polished Brass, Polished Nickel, Satin Nickel, Burnished Brass
*Made-to-Order: Please allow 10-12 week lead time for delivery.