Neoclassical style lapis, champlevé enamel, and ormolu clock set


This magnificent Grecian inspired three-piece clock set features beautifully wrought champlevé enamel set in a variety of scrolling foliate motifs.


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This three-piece clock set comprises a central mantel clock and a pair of flanking candelabra. The lapis lazuli body of the clock is of rectangular form and stands on four ormolu (gilt bronze) paw feet. A horizontal band of champlevé enamel plaques delineates the centreline of the clock body. The champlevé enamel is wrought into scrolling foliate motifs in shades of green, yellow, and turquoise, all set onto a pale blue enamel ground, the plaques bounded by concentric sequences of red enamel, lapis lazuli, and ormolu borders. The four corners of the clock body along this band are marked by mounted ormolu classical masks. The dial, which is bounded by a circular ormolu border, features champlevé enamel palmettes and other foliate motifs and is enumerated with Roman numerals.

The clock body is surmounted by a lapis lazuli Grecian urn, which stands on an embossed ormolu stem, the base of which is ringed by a band of champlevé enamel. The body of the urn is encircled by a similarly formed champlevé enamel band to that present on the clock base, but with the addition of mounted ormolu palmettes. Two ormolu scroll handles spring from the stem and are mounted with classical faun-like masks. The domed top of the urn is surmounted by an ormolu finial.

The clock is accompanied by a pair of similarly decorated candelabra. The circular lapis lazuli plinth of each candelabrum stands on four ormolu paw feet, the base of which is ringed with a band of champlevé enamel. Each candelabrum is of a loutrophoros vase shape, the stem being of ormolu and the body of lapis lazuli. The body of each candelabrum is ringed by a band of similarly decorated and ormolu mounted champlevé enamel. From the top of each candelabrum springs four foliate ormolu branches, each carrying an ormolu and champlevé enamel candle holder. Each candelabrum is surmounted by an ormolu and champlevé enamel finial.

Clock: Height 50cm, width 35cm, depth 24cm
Candelabra: Height 51cm, width 18cm, depth 18cm


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
c. 1890
Late 19th Century
Classical, Floral, Neoclassical
Enamel - Champlevé, Lapis Lazuli, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Blue, Gold, Multi-coloured


50 cm / 19.7 inches
35 cm / 13.8 inches
24 cm / 9.4 inches


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