18th Century French Louis XVI period ormolu and marble mantel clock


Crafted during the period of Louis XVI, this beautiful mantle clock is distinctive for its unusual lyre shaped body and ornate ormolu mounting.


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This beautiful clock, crafted in ormolu and white, veined marble, is made in the elegant shape of a lyre. It is is set on ormolu toupie feet, which support a pointed elliptical base of white marble. The base features an ormolu panel to the front, a rim of ormolu beading and swags hung from grotesques where the base morphs into the base of a pillar. Mounted atop this is the ormolu frame of the clock, which is lyre-shaped.

The body of the lyre is encased to the lower section with a wreath of laurel leaves. Within the body and bordered by sunbeams is the white, circular clock face which features black Arabic numerals, ormolu hands and the signature 'A Paris'. From the top of the clock protrude the strings of the lyre, which are flanked on either side by upcurling supports that terminate in eagle heads. The clock is surmounted by the face of a classical figure which is encircled in a floral wreath and backed with sunbeams. Made in the Louis XVI period, it stands 64cm tall, and is 27cm wide by 12cm in depth.



Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 18th Century
18th Century and Earlier
Louis XVI
Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, White


64 cm / 25.2 inches
27 cm / 10.6 inches
12 cm / 4.7 inches


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