Objets loaded down with ormolu by Eugène Cornu a silverworker who worked in Paris and who was made director of Compagnie des Marbres et Onyx d’Algérie in 1858. His pieces were exhibited in London and Paris. They all look like they weigh a ton. Maybe they come with a maid to dust them.

Jardinière surrounded by cherubs. ca. 1860-1870. French. Onyx, gilt bronze, silvered bronze and champlevé enamel. Eugène Cornu, maker. Design attributed to G. Viot & Cie, Makers marks: Signed “Eug. CORNU PARIS.” Image © Jan’s and Company French Antiques, Los Angeles. Fair use license. via https://www.jansantiques.com/Lot/jac1667.html
Centerpiece decorated with Japanese polychrome designs and cartouches sheltering Japanese characters. Silver bronze peacock feet perched on a tripod base in openwork gilt bronze. ca. 1870. French. Eugène Cornu, maker. Design attributed G. Viot & Cie, Paris. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/centre-de-table-en-porcelaine-et-bronze-6168712-details.aspx

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