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19th Century French Skeleton Clock of Ormolu and Marble from Directoire Period



A symbolic skeleton clock from the French Directoire period. A rectangular Carrara marble plinth with bronze toupie feet with knurled decoration supports an ormolu 'arc-de-ciel', with the circular clock over, dressed with garlands; the white enamel dial, encased within a pierced ormolu frame, delineates the hours in Roman numerals, with an Imperial Eagle finial, flanked by garlands; the eight day silk suspension two train movement strikes on a bell. French, circa 1800. Literature: Kjellberg, Pierre. Encyclopédie de la pendule franc¸aise du Moyen Age au XXe siècle. Paris: Éd. de l'Amateur, 2005, p. 320 shows similar clocks.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Width: 8.5 in. (21.59 cm)Depth: 4.5 in. (11.43 cm)
  • Style
    Directoire (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1800
  • Condition
    Repaired: Each item has undergone careful inspection and restoration by a conservation specialist in order to guarantee the original quality and integrity of the object. Wear consistent with age and use. The silk suspension movement is in perfect working condition.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 87911stDibs: LU954713529802

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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