Antique French ormolu and malachite three piece clock set


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This three piece clock set is a charming piece of French Neoclassical design, comprising of a central clock and a pair of flanking vases, and dating from the 19th century with a later malachite veneer.

The clock is formed with an enamel dial at the centre, set within a frame and positioned on a malachite base, supported by elegant toupie feet. Standing either side of the clock face are two gold putti, one of whom blows a horn, and the other casually holds a musical triangle. A miniature antique gilt bronze vase, with handles formed of classical female busts, tops the clock face, and is itself surmounted by an acorn finial.

The clock is flanked by a pair of classical, twin-handled vases which are supported on malachite pedestals, similarly raised up on ormolu toupie feet. These vases are decorated in a similar way as the central vase, with an imitation of Roman relief carving. The scenes depicted focus on the subject of classical heroism, a popular theme in Neoclassical art.

Clock: Height 69cm, width 54.5cm, depth 21cm
Vases: Height 67cm, width 22cm, depth 20cm


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Classical, Figurative Art, Louis XV
Malachite, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, Green


69 cm / 27.2 inches
54.5 cm / 21.3 inches
21 cm / 8.3 inches


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