Antique ormolu mounted Sèvres style porcelain clock set

Style of Sèvres (French, founded 1738)


The beauty of this antique three piece clock set lies in its fine details, such as the delicate portrayal of a couple under the central clock's dial.


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The mantel clock is placed on an ormolu (gilt bronze) shaped rectangular base, which is set on ormolu foliate and turnip feet. The base is decorated with a rectangular porcelain plaque, which is painted with flowers against a ‘bleu celeste’ (sky blue) ground. The rectangular clock case stands on four leafy scrolled ormolu feet. The ormolu case features a circular ‘bleu celeste’ porcelain dial, with black Roman Numerals. A shaped porcelain plaque, decorated with a ‘fête galante’ (‘courtship party’) scene featuring a young dancing couple, sits below the dial within a ‘bleu celeste’ border.

Ormolu classical masks and flower garlands are mounted onto the sides and upper corners of the clock case. The case is topped by four ormolu pinecone finials, an ormolu flower wreath, and an ormolu classical urn with a domed ‘bleu celeste’ porcelain lid.

The mantel clock is flanked by a pair of ormolu and porcelain candelabra, which are of matching design. The candelabra are surmounted by classical urns, which support the candle-holders. Each candelabrum features five arms—one central and four scrolled—which are topped by the drip-pans, capitals and sconces.

Clock: Height 49cm, width 24cm, depth 17cm
Candelabra: Height 49cm, width 16cm, depth 20cm


Artist / Maker
Style of Sèvres (French, founded 1738)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Floral, Rococo, Sèvres
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Porcelain
Gold, Multi-coloured, Turquoise


49 cm / 19.3 inches
24 cm / 9.4 inches
17 cm / 6.7 inches


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