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Gilded bronze mount

Furniture Mounts
Gilt-bronze furniture mounts were first used in France on a limited scale during the second half of the seventeenth century and experienced a heyday during the eighteenth. The role of mounts on furniture was primarily functional. The feet, or sabots (literally, clogs), and corner mounts protected the wood against damage from being knocked about or moved in carts from one residence to the next. The escutcheon framing the keyhole would prevent the key from scratching the veneer, and handles allowed access to the drawers. Furthermore, gilt-bronze mounts helped to emphasize the outline of a piece of furniture, which became especially important during the Rococo period with its preference for serpentine shapes. They certainly enriched the overall appearance of the piece that they adorned through their shimmering gilded or varnished surfaces. During the late Baroque and Rococo periods, the mounts added a lively, sculptural element, while during the Neoclassical and Empire periods they became more and more decorative, reaching the refinement of jewelry.

extrait de The Art, Form, and Function of Gilt Bronze in the French Interior, Metmuseum

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