Antique Louis XV style ormolu clock and barometer

£12,000

This clock and barometer set is designed in a lavish Rococo style, which first became fashionable in France during the reign of King Louis XV (1715-74).

 

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Description

The cartel (wall) clock and barometer are almost identical in their design. They feature shaped ormolu (gilt bronze) cases which are elaborately decorated with stylised scrolled foliage.

The lower bodies of the clock and barometer accommodate cartouche-shaped openings with pairs of birds perched inside. At the centre of each case is a circular white enamel face. For the clock, this functions as a dial which features an hour and minute hand, Roman and Arabic Numerals and the maker’s name ‘Gaultier/ A Paris’. The barometer’s face is marked with French weather readings and is fitted with a pointer. The shoulders of the cases are decorated with models of roses and fruiting branches. Each case is topped by a sculpture of a reclining putto holding a torch in one hand and a lyre in the other. These putti are positioned before pierced cartouches, crowned by stylised flowers.

Details

Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
Period
19th Century
Style
Louis XV, Rococo
Material
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Colour
Gold, White

Dimensions

Height
77 cm / 30.3 inches
Width
47 cm / 18.5 inches
Depth
15 cm / 5.9 inches

Reference:
15733

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