Louis XVI period ormolu and malachite mantel clock


This elegant mantel clock, which is crafted from the remarkable combination of malachite and ormolu, demonstrates the Neoclassical grandeur of the Louis XVI style.


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This fine Louis XVI period mantel clock is crafted from ormolu and malachite—with the malachite veneer being a later addition. The clock is architecturally formed, with a malachite plinth-form base raised on four ormolu feet, which supports four malachite columns with ormolu capitals and bases. The columns in turn support a shaped malachite entablature, which is surmounted by a malachite urn-form finial with rams’ head handles as well as four malachite vases with ormolu cornucopia tops. The entablature contains the clock drum, which features an ormolu bezel and a white enamel dial. The underside of the drum features elaborate pierced ormolu drapery, while beneath hangs an ormolu Apollo sunburst pendulum.

The dial is signed 'Lechopie Jne a Paris', for Léchopié & Sons. Adam Léchopié became a maître horloger (master clockmaker) on 10 January 1758, working from 67 rue Neuve-des-Petits-Champs in Paris. He used cases supplied by important contemporary makers including Pierre-Philippe Thomire, François Vion, Robert Osmond, and Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain, among others. He was joined by his sons working from the same address, carrying on the business into the early nineteenth century.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 18th Century
18th Century and Earlier
Louis XVI, Neoclassical
Malachite, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, Green


69 cm / 27.2 inches
36 cm / 14.2 inches
13.5 cm / 5.1 inches


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