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Lapis lazuli, gilt bronze, and porcelain three-piece clock set

In the Style of Sevres (Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres)
Origin France
Period 19th Century
Materials ormolu, gilt bronze, porcelain, lapis lazuli
W. 15.75 in; H. 24.41 in; D. 9.84 in;
W. 40 cm; H. 62 cm; D. 25 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date Late 19th Century
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description This set three-piece garniture contains a mantel clock and a pair of conforming flanking vases. The set is wrought from gilt bronze, painted porcelain, and lapis lazuli—the lapis a later addition.

The central mantel clock is strikingly designed: atop the rectangular, gilt bronze mounted body sits a large sculpted gilt bronze group. This group portrays Venus at her mirror—her mirror held aloft by a cherub, while another cherub gazes at her beautiful face. The group is exceptionally cast, rendered with rich detail. The lapis clock case is inset with an enamel dial, the dial with Roman numerals and a partially rubbed signature.

The flanking vases are no less ornate than the mantel clock: each vase is supported by a similarly decorated base, the vase itself styled in the manner of Sèvres. The vases are painted with scenes of Rococo courting, typical of this style, and are mounted with gilt bronze handles.

The entire set is a remarkable piece of decorative art, incorporating a variety of skills and materials, including cast and gilt bronze, painted porcelain, and beautiful lapis lazuli veneers.

Clock- Height 62cm, width 40cm, depth 25cm
Vases- Height 60cm, width 21cm, depth 18cm
Styles / Movements Classical, Neoclassical, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number 16154
Incollect Reference Number 345115
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