Marble and bronze antique three-piece clock set by Graux

By Graux, Jules (French, active late 19th Century)


This superb clock set is notable for its central figurative group after Clodion, which depicts two nymphs caught in a moment of ecstatic, Bacchic revelry.


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This fine three-piece clock set is comprised of a central mantel clock and a pair of flanking seven-light candelabra. The set is crafted from patinated and gilt bronze (the latter also known as ormolu) and red griotte marble in the eclectic style that predominated during the period of Napoleon III.

The mantel clock features a griotte marble plinth-form clock case set centrally with a circular dial behind domed glass. The plinth case is adorned with classicising ormolu mounts, including a rectangular bas relief panel beneath the dial and a series of hanging garlands set within fluted grooves. The case is surmounted by a large patinated bronze figurative group of two nymphs embracing, which is after ‘Two Nymphs and a Satyr’ by Clodion, now at the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire, USA.

The en suite candelabra are similarly formed, each featuring a conforming ormolu mounted griotte marble base. The stem of each is modelled as two patinated bronze nymphs, who hold aloft the ormolu candelabrum head—featuring six ornately scrolled branches moulded with foliate detailing.

The dial is signed 'Jules Graux, bronzes d'Art à Paris' and 'Clodion' and the movement is stamped 'Medaille d'Argent, Vincenti & Cie, 1855'.

Clock: Height 80cm, width 40cm, depth 33cm
Candelabra: Height 82cm, width 40cm, depth 40cm


Artist / Maker
By Graux, Jules (French, active late 19th Century)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1870
19th Century
Napoleon III
Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze), Patinated Bronze
Black, Gold, Red


80 cm / 31.5 inches
40 cm / 15.7 inches
33 cm / 13 inches


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