Large ormolu three-piece clock set by Popon


This extravagant French ormolu and cobalt-blue tôle three-piece clock set is wrought in the decadent Rococo style about the motif of a the playful cherub.


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This superb ormolu, or gilt bronze, clock set is comprised of a central mantel clock and a pair of flanking candelabra. The set is wrought in the ornate Rococo style, with the dominant decorative motif being the cherub.

The mantel clock features a blue tôle spherical drum, the front of which is set with gilt clock hands and Roman numeral hour marks. The drum is supported by an especially elaborate ormolu case, intricately shaped and mounted throughout with ormolu foliate swags, drapes, and, most strikingly, three large ormolu cherubim: the two flanking cherubim hold floral garlands, while the cherub above holds a flaming torch aloft. The trio is depicted in superbly expressive poses, deftly evincing a sense of movement.

The pair of flanking candelabra is similarly decorated, each featuring a cherub-form stem and ten ornately scrolled foliate branches, the top central branch set with a removal finial.

The movement of the clock is stamped ‘Popon / A Paris’.

Clock: Height 68cm, width 63cm, depth 26cm
Candelabra: Height 89cm, width 46cm, depth 39cm


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Neoclassical, Rococo
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Tole
Blue, Gold


68 cm / 26.8 inches
63 cm / 24.8 inches
26 cm / 10.2 inches


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