Antique ormolu and red marble clock set by Ferdinand Barbedienne

By Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892)


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This clock set by Ferdinand Barbedienne (French, 1810-1892) comprises a central clock and a pair of flanking five light candelabra. The central clock sits on four ormolu Neoclassical arrow-form feet. The circular clock dial is in red marble, and has Roman numerals, hands and a border in ormolu. The dial is set onto a rectangular plinth of red marble with a floral ormolu frieze around the lower section and a canted upper section. The clock is surmounted by full-length ormolu figures of a lady playing a flute with flowers in her hair and draped clothing, holding the hand of a putto who tumbles along in front of her. The pair of flanking candelabra are set on square-plan bases of red marble ornamented with ormolu. The supporting ormolu column of the candelabra takes the form of a bearded terme (a half length figure) holding musical instruments, who's legs merge into a fluted, tapered column. Four curled branches stylized as acanthus leaves hold four lights with drip pans, and the candelabra are surmounted by a fifth central light with drip pan, all in ormolu.

The clock dial is signed 'F.BARBEDIENNE, PARIS', and signed on the clock base 'DEBOIS'

Clock height 71 cm, width 34 cm, depth 23 cm

Candelabra height 56 cm


Artist / Maker
By Barbedienne, Ferdinand (French, 1810-1892)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Louis XVI, Neoclassical
Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, Red


71 cm / 28 inches
35 cm / 13.8 inches
23 cm / 9.1 inches


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