Large marble, gilt and patinated bronze clock set by Gervais

By Gervais, Ferdinand (French, fl. late 19th Century)


This unusual set features beautiful patinated bronze sculptures of putti, carrying a clock case in the form of a sedan chair, and candelabra cast as flowers.


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The clock set is comprised of a clock and two flanking candelabra. The clock stands on an oval flecked grey marble base, decorated with ormolu (gilt bronze) bead-and-reel, beaded, and foliate bands, and set on four ormolu leafy berry-like ball feet. Two patinated bronze, semi-nude putti stand on the oval base. They serve as link-boys, who hold burning torches and carry the clock case on their backs, which takes the form of a sedan chair. At the centre of the case is a circular white enamel dial, which is decorated with Arabic Numbers, linked by painted flower swags. The dial is signed with the name of the manufacturer, 'Fd Gervais / Ft du Bronzes / A Paris'. An ormolu pendulum, with a sun-burst motif end, hangs below the dial, visible through the glazed front of the lower part of the case. The dial is topped by ormolu flowers, laurel branches, and a foliate finial.

The pair of candelabra that flank the clock are designed in a similar style. They stand on marble bases, mounted with bands of ormolu ornament, and set on foliate ormolu bun feet. On each base, there stands a patinated bronze, semi-nude winged putto, who holds an ormolu five-light candelabrum above his head. The candelabra are cast as cornucopias, from which spring the lights in the form of roses, blooming to reveal candle-holders.

Clock: Height 61cm, width 42cm, depth 22cm
Candelabra: Height 63cm, width 25cm, depth 22cm


Artist / Maker
By Gervais, Ferdinand (French, fl. late 19th Century)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Figurative Art, Louis XVI, Neoclassical
Bronze, Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Patinated Bronze
Black, Brown, Gold, Grey


61 cm / 24 inches
42 cm / 16.5 inches
22 cm / 8.7 inches


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