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


French gilt bronze mounted marine themed automaton mantel clock

$ 22,500
  • Description
    French gilt bronze mounted marine themed automaton mantel clock
    French, c. 1850
    With glass dome and base: Height 90cm, width 70cm, depth 33cm
    Clock without dome and base: Height 60cm, width 47cm, depth 20cm
    This unusual clock is contained by a large glass dome above a marquetry inlaid wooden base. The clock itself is wrought from wood, bronze, and gilt bronze. The rectangular wooden case is inset to the front centre with a circular dial and is raised above the base by scrolled Rococo-style foliate feet. The clock case is further mounted with gilt bronze putti and garlands. The top of the case is set with bronze imitative of the sea, upon which two gilt bronze sailors and a ship are placed. The top functioned as an automaton, while the clock contains a musical movement. The piece is a highly unusual example of mid-19th Century French clockmaking.
  • More Information
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Bronze, glass, marquetry, ormolu, wood.
    Creation Date: 1850
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 16224
    Incollect Reference #: 394804
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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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