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French Bronze Elephant Mantel Clock

US$20,798.47

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French bronze elephant clock. A beautifully cast bronze elephant clock with raised trunk (a sign of good luck) standing on an ormolu Roccoco base supporting the cylindrical clock movement. Gilded bronze dial with individual enamel cartouches for the blue Roman hour numerals and the Arabic minute numerals. The cartouches are enamel on copper. Finely cut and blued steel hands, the dial surmounted by a figure of Armor (the God of love, son of Venus) blowing a shell. Eight day movement with outside count wheel striking the hours and halves on a silvered bell. The movement marked ‘MF’ and numbered 4958, the long pendulum also marked in the same manner. The Elephant has a wonderful patination and the ormolu base and mounts retain their original gilding, circa 1860 The MF mark is most likely to be for Miroy Freres. ‘Watchmakers and clockmakers of the world’ by Brain Loomes lists Miroy Freres as working in Paris from 1851-1860. They later also opened a shop in London in 1863 which later became Miroy, Requier & Co. And were still trading both in Paris and London until 1881. In 1616 the King of Siam gave an elephant as a present to Louis XVI which was proudly shown off in the Menagerie at Versailles, the elephant was modelled on the Siamese elephant. The original design for this type of elephant clock was Joseph de Saint, Germain and Jacques Caffiere, circa 1745.

Details

  • Creator
    Miroy Frères (Clockmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Width: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Depth: 7 in. (17.78 cm)
  • Style
    Victorian (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1860
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. very good condition.
  • Seller Location
    Norwich, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: LU40373181671221stDibs: LU4037318167122

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  • Shipping
    US$175 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 8-10 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Norwich, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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