Antique Louis XV style ormolu clock set by Royer

By Royer, Ernest (French, active second half of 19th Century)


Designed in an elaborate Louis XV style, this clock set is beautifully decorated with scrollwork, stylised acanthus leaves, swags and classical urns.


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This set is comprised of a central mantel clock and a pair of flanking candelabra. These items have been finely crafted from ormolu (gilt bronze).

The clock features a shaped pyramidal body, which is placed on an oval base, set on eight feet. The base is encircled with an ornamental laurel leaf band and features an apron decorated with leafy square rosettes and scrolled foliage. The base is topped by a shaped plinth, surmounted by a circular white enamel clock dial. The plinth is flanked by two scrolls, which are ornamented with acanthus leaves, fruits, and draped with oak leaf swags. The clock dial is inscribed with navy Roman Numerals and Arabic Numbers as well as the maker’s name, ‘Ernest Royez/ Paris’. A beaded bezel and glass lens enclose the enamel dial. The dial is flanked by two acanthus leaf scrolls, and it is surmounted by a crinkled ribbon bow. A classical covered urn, which is draped with fruiting swags and features a foliate finial, crowns the clock case.

The candelabra are designed in a similar style to the clock. Each item stands on a shaped oval base, which is decorated with stylised foliage and raised up on six feet. The bases support pedestal-shaped stems which are flanked by scrolls. These are decorated with curled acanthus leaves and sculptural swags. The candelabra’s stems are topped by twin-handled urns, which are crowned by the light branches. Each eight-light candelabrum features seven curling leafy twisted branches, some of which are decorated with scrolls enclosing floral motifs. These branches terminate in beaded drip-pans and urn-shape capitals with beaded sconces. One light directly tops each stem, its capital featuring a removable lid with a flame finial.  

This clock set was crafted by Ernest Royer, who was an important clock-maker active in France in the second half of the 19th Century.

Clock: Height 60cm, width 52cm, depth 21cm
Candelabra: Height 74cm, width 35cm, depth 30cm


Artist / Maker
By Royer, Ernest (French, active second half of 19th Century)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Louis XV, Neoclassical, Rococo
Enamel, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, White


60 cm / 23.6 inches
52 cm / 20.5 inches
21 cm / 8.3 inches


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