Offered by: Solomon Treasure
1050 Second Ave New York City, NY 10022 , United States Call Seller 917.686.9732


A French Empire Ormolu Bronze Mantle Clock after Percier et Fontaine

$ 42,000
  • Description
    A French Empire Ormolu Bronze Mantle Clock after Percier et Fontaine, 19th Century.

    In the hallowed halls of horological history, this Empire gilt-bronze ormolu mantle clock, a sublime masterpiece from late 19th-century Paris, emerges as a beacon of opulence and artistic refinement. Crafted in homage to the distinguished model by the visionary architects Percier et Fontaine, this timekeeping marvel transcends its utilitarian purpose, embodying the very essence of Empire style aesthetics.

    Elegantly raised on a sienna marble base, the clock's physical presence is nothing short of a visual symphony, marrying the warm hues of gilt-bronze ormolu with the timeless allure of natural stone.

    The design, an architectural ballet of intricacy and balance, features delightful Egyptian and neoclassical motifs, pays homage to the grandeur and cultural richness of the Empire period. Percier et Fontaine's influence is unmistakable in every filigree and flourish, elevating the clock beyond the realm of mere timekeeping into an objet d'art that encapsulates the spirit of its time. The gilt-bronze ormolu detailing, with its ornate motifs and delicately rendered designs, speaks to a cultural milieu where craftsmanship was not a mere skill but a form of storytelling.

    The clock engraved Susse Fres Edts / Paris, the twin train movement stamped JAPY FRÈRES and numbered 11671

    19.5" high x 15" wide x 9.5" deep

    Literature: Percier et Fontaine, Receuil de décorations intérieures, 1801, planch XXXVIII, for the drawing - attached here.

    Very good condition, normal wear consistent with age and use. Wear to gilding in some areas. Ready to place.
  • More Information
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Bronze,Ormolu,Siena Marble
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Traditional, Empire
    Patterns: Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 684577
  • Dimensions
    W. 15 in; H. 19.5 in; D. 9.5 in;
    W. 38.1 cm; H. 49.53 cm; D. 24.13 cm;
Message from Seller:

For four generations, Solomon Treasure has obtained a reputation for dealing in rare and important 18th – 19th century antiques and fine art.

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