French Sèvres style porcelain and ormolu carriage clock

Style of Sèvres (French, founded 1738)


Designed in the style of the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, this carriage clock features beautiful paintings of young lovers, maidens and cherubs.


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The carriage clock is of typical form, featuring an ormolu (gilt bronze) rectangular case on a slim base. The case is fitted with a single handle, making the item easy to carry. Carriage clocks were designed to be small and easily transportable, so people could take them on their travels. 

The ormolu clock is decorated with stylised foliate patterns and the case is mounted with finely decorated redy-pink porcelain plaques. The case’s front features a circular dial, with a painting of a pair of cherubs at its centre. This painting is encircled by black Roman Numerals in shaped white panels within gilt and jewelled frames. The space above the dial is decorated with gilt stylised floral motifs, as well as turquoise, red and white raised beads, imitating jewels. The area below the dial features a detailed painting of a young courting couple in a landscape. This painting is set within a jewelled and gilt frame. Paintings of mothers and children decorate the sides of the clock case. These are similarly framed by gilt borders with stylised floral flourishes and colourful raised beads.


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


16 cm / 6.3 inches
8.5 cm / 3.1 inches
7.5 cm / 2.8 inches


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