Some of these ormolu around the keyhole
are so beautiful and extravagant
in the French antiques.
Ormolu is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze. Craftsmen principally used ormolu for the decorative mountings of furniture, clocks, lighting devices, and porcelain. Ormolu mountings attained their highest artistic and technical development in France.