Ormolu and cloisonné enamel three-piece clock set

£12,000

This magnificent three-piece clock set, designed in an ornate Louis XVI style, is profusely gilt and adorned with wonderfully wrought cloisonné enamel panels.

 

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Description

This Louis XVI style ormolu (gilt bronze) and cloisonné enamel three-piece clock set is comprised of a central mantel clock and a pair of flanking candelabra.

The mantel clock is formed about a cylindrical ormolu clock drum, which stands upon a rectangular support that is flanked by ormolu scrolled buttresses. The rectangular support and buttresses are affixed to the ormolu clock base, which is irregular in shape and is raised by six ormolu feet. The ormolu clock drum is mounted with a variety of ormolu elements, including classical masks at either side. The rectangular support, which holds the drum aloft, is fronted by an inset cloisonné enamel panel decorated with scrolling arabesques.

The base is inset with a similarly decorated cloisonné enamel panel to the front of its apron. The remainder of the ormolu apron is elaborately adorned, draped with garlands and affixed with mounted foliate forms. The clock drum is surmounted by a cloisonné enamel urn finial. The profusely gilt clock body is mounted to either side with vine forms, which flank the urn finial and drape down each side to meet the classical masks. The gilt clock dial is inscribed with Arabic numeral hour marks.

The pair of flanking candelabra is similarly decorated. Each candelabrum is raised on a conforming base, and the body of each mirrors in form the enamelled urn finial that surmounts the clock. Each candelabrum culminates in five scrolled branches: four on a lower tier, and a fifth central branch that is surmounted by a removable gilt bronze pinecone finial.

Clock: Height 52cm, width 30cm, depth 12cm
Candelabra: Height 55cm, diameter 27cm

Details

Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Period
Late 19th Century
Style
Louis XVI, Neoclassical
Material
Enamel - Cloisonné, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Colour
Gold, Multi-coloured

Dimensions

Height
52 cm / 20.5 inches
Width
30 cm / 11.8 inches
Depth
12 cm / 4.7 inches

Reference:
16222

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