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  1. A Restauration Ormolu Mantel Clock Depicting a Grecian Woman,
    $2,980.00
    Original key and pendulum present. Mechanism is in excellent working order. This clock displays extraordinarily fine detail work (note the fleece hung on the bronze pole). Impeccable condition. Height: 12"/30 cm. French, circa 1825. Learn More
  2. An Empire ormolu bronze clock depicting two musicians in the troubadour style
    $3,180.00
    This is another clock featured in the _EncyclopÈdie de la Pendule FranÁaise_. The mandolin and flute players are charmingly attired in the so-called troubadour style that was slowly gaining in popularity in the years after 1800. The clock rests on six feet and is crowned with a double-sided music stand. The enamel face has some age-related imperfections, as can be seen in the photographs, but the silk-thread mechanism runs accurately and the clock includes its original pendulum and key. France, circa 1815. H: 10"/25cm. Learn More
  3. A rare ormolu bronze Louis XVI mantel clock dans le go?t japonais, the carrara marble base original
    $7,780.00
    Eighteenth-century porcelain pieces with _sujets de l'orient_ are familiar to most collectors, and it's always entertaining to see how the French, German, and Italian designers and craftsmen conflated Chinese, Indian, Turkish, Persian, and Japanese stylistic elements. Certainly the deserve credit for trying, however! We can see a similar conflation in this exceedingly unusual mantle clock from around 1780: the subject is clearly Japanese, but the stepped marble base and squared "fence" are distinctly Chinese. What really impresses about this piece, though, is what the maker got right: the woman's robe is very near to true Japanese designs, but what's really astounding is the vase with the koi motif. The impressionistic character of Japanese design was obviously to have a profound impact on French painting in the late 19th century, but here, a hundred years earlier, we can see an extraordinarily accurate reproduction of this impressionist aesthetic. Condition is excellent, and the clock mechanism functions smoothly. France, circa 1780. H: 12"/30cm. Learn More
  4. A Restauration ormolu bronze mantel clock surmounted by a figure depicting an Athenian soldier
    $4,780.00
    This clock continues the war-is-over theme established by the other Restauration, post-Napoleon clocks in this collection: note the doffed armor arrayed around the clock mechanism. There's no back-to-nature sentimentality to be found here, however - indeed, I'm not sure what message the clockmaker intended to convey. The mechanism appears to form an altar, and the soldier has a short sword drawn, suggesting a sacrifice (if anyone could shed any light on what's going on here, it'd be much appreciated). The mechanism has a convex shape typical of mantel clocks from around 1820. The quality of the bronze work is first rate, and the original gilding is in remarkably good condition. The silk-thread mechanism functions excellently. France, circa 1820. H: 20"/52cm. Learn More
  5. A Restauration ormolu bronze mantel clock surmounted by a figure of a hunter with his dog
    $2,380.00
    This clock appears in the Encyclopedie de la Pendule Francaise, the authoritative reference of French _horlogerie_. It's hard not to be amused by the juxtaposition of Neoclassical design with the distinctly unheroic aspect of our (rather fashionably attired!) _chasseur_ with his beloved companions, a dog, a shotgun, and a bottle of wine (complete with an "excursion cup" into which to pour it). A bit of the frilly decoration on the base is missing (see pictures), but nothing significant. The gilding is in good, but not great, condition. The movement doesn't function, and there are small chips in the enamel dial. You - or I! - could certainly get it running, but it makes a charming little bookshelf or desktop item in its present state. France, circa 1815. H: 12"/30cm. Learn More
  6. An ormolu bronze Neo-rococo mantle clock signed Barbedienne
    $4,180.00
    In addition to sculpture, Barbedienne, the leading 19th-century Parisian bronze foundry, produced clocks, lamps, and other functional pieces where the highest-quality bronze work was required. This clock is a gorgeous expression of Barbedienne's genius at producing the most exquisite decorative art. As is evident in the pictures, the bronze is substantial and exquisitely detailed (note the oak garlands with acorns). The mechanism functions flawlessly and retains its original key and pendulum. France, circa 1880. H: 14"/36cm. Learn More
  7. An important Restauration ormolu and patinated bronze mantel clock surmounted by figures representing Daedalus and Icarus
    $24,800.00
    The tale of Icarus and his spectacular, but ultimately disastrous-but-nobly-disastrous, undertaking was doubtless read by the French of circa 1820, ruled once again by a Bourbon dullard, as a metaphor for the Napoleonic Era, one of extraordinary successes followed by fatal setbacks (ironically, the ultimate nemesis, other than the little Corsican's own hubris, wasn't the sun, but "General Winter" in the 1812 Russian campaign). This extraordinary clock is one of the great achievements of the French clockmakers' and bronziers' art. The bronze is heavy and dense and detailed to an almost fanatical level (note the finely incised sea-serpent feet, or the strap of the wax wings along Icarus's back). A father's love and a father's grief are both affectingly portrayed on this truly magnificent clock. The condition is impeccable and the mechanism operates smoothly and accurately. France, circa 1820. H: 22"/56cm. Learn More
  8. A Restauration ormolu and patinated bronze mantel clock surmounted by a personification of science
    $2,880.00
    A fad for art and decorative items featuring Egyptian motifs developed in France in the years following Napoleon's foray into the region in 1798. The standing female figure on this clock may strike us as more Greek in style, but her somewhat rigid pose would've been seen as Egyptian by French of the time. The globe and the table have been given an abstract treatment by the clockmaker while the friezes on the base and under the mechanism are extravagantly detailed. Condition is excellent, as is the functioning of the silk-string mechanism. circa 1820. H: 19"/48cm. Learn More
  9. A large Restauration ormolu bronze mantel clock surmounted by a goddess personifying rhetoric
    $5,380.00
    Condition is exceptionally good. The fire gilding is fine condition with only a bit of rubbing here and there. The patinated bronze lyre propped up against the right side of the clock column is not original but IS from the same period of the clock. circa 1820. Height: 22"/55cm. Learn More
  10. A Restauration ormolu bronze mantel clock surmounted by a figure depicting Orpheus
    $2,780.00
    The soldier returned from war and enjoying the pleasures of bucolic life once again was a popular subject in France after the Napoleonic debacle (clocks from during Napoleon's reign to 1815 have a distinctly more martial cast). This charming piece is adorned with meticulously detailed friezes and is in fine working condition. circa 1820. H: 16"/40cm. Learn More

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