Antique French Gilt Bronze Clock w Cockerel, Jewels (4553)


Antique gilt bronze mantel clock.

Made in France, 19th century.

Measurements: approximately 7 1/2 inches high.

A little over 4 1/8 inches accross the front of the base.

The case stands on 4 turned gilded legs.

Base of white marble with an inset row of ormolu scrolls in the front.

Rectangular steps, tapering towards a marvellous cockerel / rooster finial.

The rooster being a symbol of France, this clock would have some French significance.

Golden gadrooning around the base and at different levels.

The front with fantastic applied ormolu flowers and foliage surrounding a protruding ring of paste 'diamond' gems which enclose the dial.

Above, casket like dome surmounted with the cockerel.

Excellent modelling with fine detail of feathers and musculature and one can almost feel him rustling his tail and crowing.

Sides of case are fluted.

The dial is Classic French mastery and beauty: white enamel with the numerals, both Roman and Arab (for the hours and the minutes) in dark, cobalt blue.

They are surrounded on the inside by a ring of flower swags - exquisitely enamelled in minute detail.

The hands of the dial are also quite lovely - very fine gilt openwork.


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