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Neoclassical Decorative Objects

NEOCLASSICAL STYLE

Neoclassical design emerged in Europe in the 1750s, as the Age of Enlightenment reached full flower. Neoclassical furniture took its cues from the styles of ancient Rome and Athens: symmetrical, ordered, dignified forms with such details as tapered and fluted chair and table legs, backrest finials and scrolled arms.

Over a period of some 20 years, first in France and later in Britain, neoclassical design — also known as Louis XVI, or Louis Seize — would supersede the lithe and curvaceous Rococo or Louis XV style.

The first half of the 18th century had seen a rebirth of interest in classical antiquity. The "Grand Tour" of Europe, codified as a part of the proper education of a patrician gentleman, included an extended visit to Rome. Some ventured further, to sketch the ruins of ancient Greece. These drawings and others — particularly those derived from the surprising and rich archaeological discoveries in the 1730s and ’40s at the sites of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum — caused great excitement among intellectuals and aesthetes alike.

Neoclassical furniture is meant to reflect both grace and power. The overall appearance of neoclassical chairs, tables and cabinetry is strong and rectilinear. These pieces are, in effect, classical architecture in miniature: chair and table legs are shaped like columns; cabinets are constructed with elements that mirror friezes and pediments.

Yet neoclassicism is enlivened by gilt and silver leaf, marquetry, and carved and applied ornamental motifs based on Greek and Roman sculpture: acanthus leaves, garlands, laurel wreaths, sheaves of arrow, medallions and chair splats are carved in the shapes of lyres and urns.

As you can see from the furniture on these pages, there is a bit of whimsy in such stately pieces — a touch of lightness that will always keep neoclassicism fresh.

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Style:Neoclassical
French Terracotta Sculpture, 1938
Located in High Point, NC
A clay sculpture from France, signed, “Terre Cuire numérotee 1/5 1938” indicating the material, ‘terracotta,’ numbered 1/5 along with the artist’s mark. This piece is a beautifully r...
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1930s French Vintage Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Terracotta

Tall, Empire-Style Pair of Sterling Silver Candelabra
Located in New York, NY
Tall, Empire-style sterling silver candelabra with removable arms, Preisner Silver Co., Wallingford, CT., Ca. 1935. Graceful design. Each of the pair, which is weighted, measures 15 ...
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1930s American Vintage Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Sterling Silver

Green Onyx Vase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Solid onyx vase. Lovely veining and color detail from greens to beiges and browns.
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Onyx, Marble

Small Proportioned Elegant Portico Mantel Clock by Janvier, c. 1815
By Antide Janvier
Located in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Antide Janvier (1751-1835) started his clockmaker's life in Besançon, a clockmaker's centre in eastern France, and ended up in Paris in 1784, where he grew to fame. He was the clockm...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Metal

French 19th Century Neoclassical Empire Style Ormolu and Marble Clock
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A spectacular mid 19th century French Neo-Classical Empire st. ormolu and marble clock. The clock is raised on a rectangular Vert Maurin marble base with ormolu supports. Centered at...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Marble, Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Marble and Ormolu Clock
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A striking French 19th century Neo-Classical st. ormolu, black Belgian and white Carrara marble clock, signed Vaillant à Paris. The clock is raised by a black Belgian marble base wit...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Belgian Black Marble, Carrara Marble, Ormolu

19th Century French Black Marble and Bronze Mystery Clock
Located in New Orleans, LA
This rare and elegant 19th-century French mystery clock is crowned by a graceful Neoclassical bronze of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture and motherhood. The maternal figure gr...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Marble, Belgian Black Marble, Bronze

Pair of Ruby Red Glass Urns with Portraits, Bohemia, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Both pieces show remarkable similarities (both in the quality of the color of the glass and of the decoration and in the lines of the same ones) with Bohemian red glass urns, especia...
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19th Century Czech Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Glass

Sleeping Baby Bronze by Charles Umlauf
By Charles Umlauf
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting a stunning Sleeping Baby Bronze by Charles Umlauf. A Wonderful piece of contemporary American Sculpture by a famous American/Texas Sculptor. It features a dark bronz...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Mephistopheles Sculpture
Located in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mephistopheles sculpture large size sculpture in zinc material, circa 1910 Origin France.
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1910s French Vintage Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Zinc

Alabaster and Green Marble Roman Figure Bust
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 20th century alabaster and green marble bust of a male Roman figure. Made in Italy. Please note of wear consistent with age including minor finish loss to alabaster.
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Alabaster, Marble

Large Faux Bois Wood Decorative Handled Urn on Plinth Base
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Tall decorative neoclassical style faux bois urn. This grand scaled urn features a beautiful hand painted wood grain pattern with curved handles and is mounted on a black square plin...
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Late 20th Century Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Composition

Medici Lion Stone Sculpture After the Antique Ones in Florence
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This a carved sculpture of what appears to be granite stone of a lion holding a ball with his paw. It is standing over a rectangular light green onyx plaque that is supported by a da...
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Early 20th Century Italian Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Stone

Antique Parisian Mantel Clock and Candelabra Set by Denière et Fils
Located in London, GB
Antique Parisian mantel clock and candelabra set by Denière et Fils French, 19th century Clock: Height 60cm, width 36cm, depth 19cm Candelabra: Height 60cm, diameter 30cm This ...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Malachite, Ormolu

Huge Antique French Gilt Bronze Classical Clock Set
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A huge and magnificent antique French classical clock set, dating from circa 1890 and standing at over 25" in height. The clock is architecturally formed with large lions mask handle...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Large Hand Carved and Painted Alabaster Center or Console Bowl
Located in Troy, MI
New, custom made Italian hand carved alabaster bowl or plate. Shallow, wide decorative white alabaster bowl with thin walls that allow light to penetrate and hand-carved and painted ...
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2010s Italian Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Alabaster

Antique Lapis Lazuli, Patinated and Gilt Bronze Clock Set
Located in London, GB
This beautiful mantlepiece set—which includes a clock and a pair of candelabra—was created in France in the late 19th century, circa 1870. The set is designed in an elegant Louis XVI...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Lapis Lazuli, Ormolu, Bronze

Large German Modern Classical Frame for Portrait or Landscape Picture
Located in New York, NY
German midcentury Classical 800 silver picture frame. Rectangular window in flat surround with wraparound engine-turned lines, and raised egg-and-dart border. With glass, silk lining...
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Mid-20th Century German Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Silver

Antique Neoclassical Style Three-Piece Gilt Bronze Clock Set
Located in London, GB
Antique neoclassical style three-piece gilt bronze clock set French, late 19th century Measures: Clock: Height 57cm, width 74cm, depth 23cm. Candelabra: Height 83cm, width 27cm, d...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Ormolu, Bronze

Large Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock Commemorating Napoleon
Located in London, GB
Large gilt bronze mantel clock commemorating Napoleon French, circa 1840 Measures: Height 57cm, width 40cm, depth 15cm The gilt bronze mantel clock is set on a rectangular, tier...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Ormolu, Bronze

Torchière, Egiptian Lady with Candelabrum, Bronze
Located in Madrid, ES
On a square base stands the figure of the woman, dressed according to what the19th century considered as Egyptian fashion. He holds a small pitcher with his left hand while raising w...
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20th Century European Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Cast Iron Stagecoach Door Stop with Original Paint, 1930
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Great example of a western stagecoach in original paint. Colors are still vibrant. C1930 with precise castings
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1930s American Vintage Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Iron

Antique French Creamware Lions 18th Century
Located in Katonah, NY
WHY WE LOVE THEM: Ferocious! I don't think so. A fine and rare pair of creamware lions each resting on a tall base decorated with swags of dark blue "curtains" with yellow tassels an...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Creamware

Carved and Gilded Wood Frame, 18th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Carved and gilded wood frame, 18th century. Rectangular frame with upper edge curved to the outside decorated with carved moldings with vegetal elements and chain stitches. A vegeta...
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18th Century European Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Other

French Bisque Neoclassical Porcelain Centrepiece Attributed Sevres
Located in Essex, MA
Late 18th century neoclassical figural grouping in bisque porcelain --Depicting five of the muses --Intricate details throughout as shown --More than likely Sevres Post Revoluti...
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Late 18th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

French Neoclassical Style Lapis and Gilt Bronze Clock Set
Located in London, GB
French neoclassical style lapis and gilt bronze clock set French, late 19th century Clock height 52cm, width 39cm, depth 15cm Vases height 38cm, width 16cm, depth 12cm This be...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Lapis Lazuli, Ormolu, Bronze

Antique French Gilt Bronze and Malachite Clock Set
Located in London, GB
This wonderful clock set was created in France in circa 1870, in the late 19th century. The set, which consists of a mantel clock and pair of candelabra is crafted from gilt bronze (...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Malachite, Ormolu, Bronze

Marble, Gilt, and Patinated Bronze Three-Piece Clock Set by Barbedienne
Located in London, GB
Marble, gilt, and patinated bronze three-piece clock set by Barbedienne French, late 19th century Measures: Clock: Height 93cm, width 60cm, depth 28cm Candelabra: Height 97cm, wid...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Griotte Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

Marquetry Box, lemon tree wood, palo santo, rosewood, mahogany. 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Box with marquetry decorations. Lemongrass, rosewood, palorosa, mahogany wood. XIX century. Rectangular box with a flat top made of wood and decorated with a delicate marquetry with ...
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19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Wood

Orientalist Sculpture, Polychromed Plaster or Scagliola, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Orientalist sculpture. Polychrome plaster, 19th century. Female figure made in polychrome plaster that shows a young woman standing on a circular base, dressed in clothing that was ...
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19th Century European Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Plaster

Neoclassical Style Porcelain and Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock by Barbedienne
Located in London, GB
Neoclassical style porcelain and gilt bronze mantel clock by Barbedienne French, late 19th century Measures: Height 53cm, width 27cm, depth 24cm This exquisite clock was designe...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Ormolu

English Blue John or Darbyshire Spar Covered Urn Form Orniment
Located in Stamford, CT
An English blue John covered urn form Orniment raised on white Florite plinth with a molded Portoro base, circa late 18th-early 19th century.
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Late 18th Century English Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Marble

Pewter Pierced Oval Picture Frame
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Pewter pierced oval picture frame Felt back Size: 10.5 H x 7.5 W x 0.5 D Picture size: 4.5 x 6.5.  
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1990s Asian Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Pewter

Neoclassical Style Porcelain and Gilt Bronze Clock Set by Barbedienne
Located in London, GB
Neoclassical style porcelain and gilt bronze clock set by Barbedienne French, late 19th Century Clock: Height 53cm, width 27cm, depth 24cm Candelabra: Height 56cm, width 19cm, dep...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Ormolu, Bronze

Early 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Silver Urn Vase Milan by Emanuele Caber
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
A very decorative neoclassical silver urn stamped by the Italian silversmith Emanuele Caber, dating from around 1825. It has the Milan warranty stamp, and stamp of the silver finenes...
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Early 19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Silver

French Empire Style Lapis and Gilt Bronze Three-Piece Clock Set
Located in London, GB
This beautiful early 20th Century clock set with later lapis veneer will make a stunning Neoclassical style addition to a mantelpiece and a bold interior statement thanks to its bril...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Lapis Lazuli, Ormolu, Bronze

Late 19th Century Solid Agate Sphere and Cast Brass Stand
Located in Lambertville, NJ
A polished agate sphere with case brass base. The melon colored sphere with white veining resting on a six sided cast brass base. The sphere is 6 inches in diameter and a full 10.5 i...
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1890s European Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Agate, Brass

Amphora by L. Hjorth, Ronne circa 1870
Located in Greding, DE
Amphora model number 27B by Lauritz Hjorth (1834-1912) with depiction of a young shepherd, after a sculpture by Bertel Thorvaldson in Copenhagen, which he made in 1817: A Shepherd Boy.
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1870s Danish Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Antique Marble, Patinated and Gilt Bronze Clock Set by Gervais
Located in London, GB
This three-piece set—composed of a clock and a pair of flanking candelabra—is a truly unique and delightful piece of decorative art. The clock is modelled in the image of an 18th...
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1870s French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Marble, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

Copper Container with Two Handles, 18th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Container with handles. Copper, 18th century. A container with a circular body and a wide mouth that has two "ce" handles on the sides, made of bronze that could have had a large n...
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18th Century European Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Copper

Lapis, enamel, and gilt bronze clock garniture
Located in London, GB
Inspired by the art and culture of Classical Greece, this three-piece garniture contains a mantel clock and two candelabra. The rectangular body of the clock is of lapis lazuli and i...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Lapis Lazuli, Enamel, Ormolu, Bronze

20th Century Classicist Style Marble Crater Vase
Located in Berlin, DE
Monumental marble crater vase in classicist style. Natural marble in golden yellow. (U-Hai-8).
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20th Century Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Marble

Lemerle-Charpentier & Compagnie Red Marble, Gilt and Patinated Bronze Clock Set
Located in London, GB
This fine and ornate antique clock set by Lemerle-Charpentier & Compagnie comprises a clock and two flanking candelabra. The asymmetrical clock is set on a red marble base with ormol...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Marble, Ormolu, Bronze

Gilt Bronze Mounted Porphyry Revolving Dial Mantel Clock
Located in London, GB
This beautiful neoclassical style mantel clock, created from porphyry mounted with silvered and gilt bronze, is formed in the shape of a vase. The movement of the clock is of the cer...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Porphyry, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

Allegorical Sevres Bisque Porcelain Figural Clock titled La Larcin De la Rose
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
A Fine example of Sevres biscuit porcelain showing an allegorical group of three classically draped young figures, two embracing; all standing beside the clock case which is surmount...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Porcelain

Pair Small Antique Black Classical Fluted Cast Iron Urns or Planters
Located in Stamford, CT
Small pair of antique classical fluted cast iron urns. Square base is 5.25 inches.
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1890s Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Iron

Napoleon III Period Ormolu and Patinated Bronze Clock Set by Picard
Located in London, GB
This magnificent clock set is the work of celebrated French maker Henri Picard, who collaborated on this fine piece together with the famous firm of clockmakers, Raingo Freres. Both ...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Ormolu, Bronze

End of the Trail Bronze Sculpture after James Earle Fraser
By James Earle Fraser
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This a bronze sculpture after James Earle Fraser that is featuring an almost lifeless Native American who is riding a worn out horse while holding to his spear when they arrived to t...
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20th Century American Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Pair of Antique English Style Riding Boots as Table Lamps
Located in Mt Kisco, NY
A pair of English riding boots and there original boot trees mounted and wired as table lamps. Shades not included.
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Leather, Wood

Lemerle-Charpentier & Cie Marble, Gilt and Patinated Bronze Clock Set
Located in London, GB
This fine clock set is crafted in patinated bronze, red marble and ornamented throughout with exquisite ormolu. It is the work of Lemerle-Charpentier & Cie, a French company highly c...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Marble, Ormolu, Bronze

Sèvres Style Gilt Bronze-Mounted Porcelain Clock Set by Sévin and Barbedienne
Located in London, GB
This exquisite clock set was designed in the late 19th century in France by Louis-Constant Sévin and cast by the Barbedienne foundry. Louis-Constant Sévin was a designer who work...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Ormolu

Fine Quality Pair of 19th Century French Porphery Urns
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality pair of neoclassical 19th century French vibrantly coloured Porphery urns, each with wonderful gilded ormolu mounts and handles of scrolling foliate and grapevine deco...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Porphyry, Ormolu

Large Neoclassical Style Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock by Piolaine
Located in London, GB
This magnificent mantel clock—which measures an impressive 82cm in height—was crafted in France, in the period when Napoleon I was Emperor (1804-1814, 1815). The clock was crafted by...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

Kneeled Girl, Bronze, Marble, After Models from Auguste Moreau ‘1834-1917’
Located in Madrid, ES
Lost wax casting. Base in marble. On a base in bronze to which the earth aspect has been given, the figure of the girl and a plant are placed on her knees. The young woman appears w...
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20th Century European Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Marble, Bronze

Italy, Seated White Dog on Pillow
Located in Sarasota, FL
This Italian made ceramic/ terracotta dog sits on a pillow. Having a collar around his neck and a protective look on his face.
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1950s American Vintage Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Terracotta

A Ceramic 19th Century Red, Gold, Cream and Black, Grand Tour Amphora
Located in Armadale, Victoria
The lip with guilloch pattern, the shoulder with guilloch pattern over palmettes to a pair of gilt foliated rams head handles, the main scene on the body with female charioteer weari...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Ceramic

Neoclassical Style Gilt Bronze Cartel Cartel Clock with Lyre-Shaped Back Plate
Located in London, GB
This elegant Cartel clock is decorated the refined neoclassical style. The wall clock features an unusual lyre shaped back plate and a double headed eagle surmount crowned by an orna...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Antique Solid Silver Inscribed Mantel Clock
Located in London, GB
This charming silver mantel clock has a fascinating history, having probably been made as a commemorative item. It dates from the 19th century in Spain, and is the work of Spanish si...
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19th Century Spanish Antique Neoclassical Decorative Objects

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Silver