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Antique French Gilt Bronze and Malachite Clock Set

$43,373.80per set


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 (ormolu) and the green gemstone, malachite. The mantel clock features an urn-shaped malachite case, which is topped by a gilt bronze sculpture of the Greek goddess Artemis, after a marble work titled ‘Diana of Gabbi’ by Praxiteles. The case is mounted with a circular white enamel dial, which features black Roman and Arabic Numerals, and the maker’s name, ‘Vor Paillard & Romain/ Fants de Bronzes/ Paris’. The dial is displayed behind a glass lens, within a gilt bronze bezel. The malachite case is decorated with gilt bronze classical masks, scrolled acanthus leaves, husk trails and flower garlands. It is flanked by gilt bronze scrolls, and set on a shaped rectangular malachite base. This base is mounted with gilt bronze beading, foliate bands and motifs. Accompanying the mantel clock are a pair of candelabra, which are of similar design. Each candelabrum features nine gilt bronze candleholders, which spring from gilt bronze urns with animal head handles. These urns are set on malachite bodies and bases, which are decorated with classical gilt bronze motifs. Measures: Clock height 80cm, width 42cm, depth 24cm Candelabra height 87cm, diameter 45cm.


  • Creator
    Victor Paillard & Romain (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 16.54 in. (42 cm)Depth: 9.45 in. (24 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Style
    Neoclassical (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1870
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 161301stDibs: LU956316087321

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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