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A French Empire patinated and gilt bronze ‘borne’ mantel clock, circa 1806.

Description

The dial

The 8.5-cm enamel dial has Roman numerals and beautiful blued steel hands. The dial is fitted in a finely chiseled ormolu bezel.

The movement

The movement is driven by two spring barrels and has a duration of eight days. It is being regulated by anchor escapement in combination with a silk suspended pendulum. The clock strikes the hours and half hours on a bell by means of countwheel striking. The springs are dated 1806.

The case

The term ‘borne’ refers to the arched shape of the patinated bronze case. To the front it has a lyre-shaped ornament with foliate scrolls. These are flanked by flat pilasters with applied patinated arrows which are joined above by laurel leaves with a centre rosette. On both sides are applied Mercury staffs. On the wide gilt plinth, two griffins flank a classical urn are on the front. To the sides there are laurel wreaths. The whole is placed on a verde antico marble plinth raised on flat ormolu feet. The bronze work is of extraordinary quality.

Sizes

(Height) 36.5 cm (Width) 18 cm (Depth) 12 cm
(Height) 14.4 in (Width) 7.1 in (Depth) 4.7 in

Price

€ 8.750

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