Antique Louis XV style ormolu clock and barometer


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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The cartel (wall) clock and barometer of this beautiful set are almost identical in their design. They feature shaped ormolu (gilt bronze) cases which are elaborately decorated with stylised scrolled foliage, in rich, lavish Rococo Louis XV style, which was highly popular in the mid eighteenth century and saw a strong resurgence in the nineteenth.

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.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Louis XV, Rococo
Enamel, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, White


73 cm / 28.7 inches
46 cm / 18.1 inches
15 cm / 5.9 inches


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