A French Empire ormolu and bronze urn mantel clock, Chopin, circa 1800
8-day movement with half hour striking, very fine bronze and ormolu case.
The 11-cm enamel dial with Roman numerals is signed Chopin à Paris. It has fine gilt bronze hands shaped as arrows.
The fine movement needs to be wound every week (8-day) and strikes the hours fully. It gives a single strike on the half hour.
The case shows French casting and chiseling of the start of the 19th C at it’s best. It is surmounted by a finial flanked by beautiful dragon shaped handles. The whole is further decorated by palmettes.
It is amazing how the original gilding was preserved and the fine patination still is there.