Gilt and patinated bronze mounted marble mantel clock


This charming mantel clock is formed about a patinated bronze standing cherub who playfully grasps at an ormolu crowing cockerel, as if to silence the dawning of the day.


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This Louis XVI style mantel clock is formed from gilt and patinated bronze and grey-black speckled marble. The clock stands on an irregularly shaped rectangular base, which meets the ground on six tapered ormolu (gilt bronze) bun feet. The base, encompassed by a mounted ormolu beaded frieze, is surmounted by the clock body proper. The clock body is formed from an ormolu clock drum and a standing patinated bronze cherub.

The asymmetrically mounted ormolu clock drum, square in profile, meets the marble base with an ormolu foliate band above a rectangular frieze decorated with stylised wave-form motifs. The clock drum holds a white enamel dial, inscribed with Roman numeral hour marks and Arabic numeral five-minute marks, which is signed ‘Gille L’aine / A. Paris’. The drum, adorned with foliate ormolu mounts to each corner, is topped by a pedimental structure, cast with acanthus leaf forms. This pediment is surmounted by an ormolu cockerel, who crows as the cherub grabs at his breast. The patinated bronze cherub stands in contrapposto atop ormolu books, his hands around the cockerel finial.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
19th Century
Louis XVI, Neoclassical
Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Patinated Bronze
Brown, Gold, Grey, Multi-coloured


40 cm / 15.7 inches
27 cm / 10.6 inches
15 cm / 5.9 inches


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