Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Empire period ormolu mounted malachite allegorical mantel clock

$ 20,000
  • Description
    Empire period ormolu mounted malachite allegorical mantel clock
    French, Early 19th Century
    Height 50cm, width 21cm, depth 14cm
    This fine mantel clock is an excellent example of Empire period design. The Empire period is defined by a profusion of Classical Greek and Roman motifs, often in combination with themes drawn from Egyptian art and architecture.
    The present clock features a panoply of classical symbols, all wrought from gilt bronze and mounted onto the malachite clock case. The mounts include the caduceus, the snake entwined staff of Mercury; palmettes flanked by stylised swans, the swan being another staple of Empire period design; and symbols of learning, such as the large group beneath the clock dial with its seated figure surrounded by books and a globe, or the finial surmount with its classical bust amidst yet more books and other emblems of the arts.
    The circular clock dial is set into the top of the case, its tooled gilt bronze surface inscribed with Roman numeral hour marks. The malachite veneer is a later addition.
  • More Information
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Malachite, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze).
    Creation Date: Early 19th century
    Styles / Movements: Traditional, Empire
    Dealer Reference #: 10265
    Incollect Reference #: 671182
  • Dimensions
    W. 8.27 in; H. 19.69 in; D. 5.51 in;
    W. 21 cm; H. 50 cm; D. 14 cm;
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Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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