Timeless Elegance – Architectural, Hardware and Accessories
Bronzes de France has been manufacturing exclusive decorative hardware for over a hundred years. Even though we are still using the same methods of sand casting and hand chasing for our traditional products, we now offer contemporary hardware made from machined brass and stainless steel.
In the early part of the XVIII century, the beginning of a long tradition of Bronze d’Ameublement et de B‚timent began in France. This use of bronze for decorative hardware was the achievement of one man: André Charles Boulle (1642-1732). During the XIX century, the French government, in order to promote this industry, authorized a few bronze artists to reproduce the door and cabinet hardware installed in the numerous state owned Chateaux and Palaces of the former Kingdom of France. Unfortunately a large proportion of those collections has since then disappeared. Bronzes de France now manufactures four of those distinguished collections, the designs and the models of which were passed down through generations of the families who originally created them in the XIX century. Today these historical designs, under the auspices of Bronzes de France, are still created using the traditional methods of hand craftsmanship and the intricate detail is accentuated using the same techniques of hand chasing that are used in the making fine jewelry.
When bronze was first used for decorative hardware in the XVII century, it was originally sand cast. Today our company still uses this traditional form of casting as well as the Lost Wax process, which gives much finer detail to the castings. Most of our products are still individually hand chased by craftsmen using methods originally used back in the XVII century. This accentuates the detail of the pattern before we carry out the actual finishing process. Our finishes are also very traditional. Even though we do not use mercury gold plating process today for obvious environmental reasons, our nitrate gold is amazinglyclose the XVIII century Mercury Gold finish which can still be seen on the decorative hardware in the Palais de Versailles. Finally we have now developed computer-assisted technologies, which allows us to modify existing designs for clients who desire unique and exclusive pieces for their homes.
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