Rare Empire Ormolu Automaton Carousel Clock, Vaillant, Paris, circa 1805

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This very rare Empire ormolu automaton carousel clock is signed on the dial "Vaillant à Paris" for the clockmaker Louis-Jacques Vaillant († after 1817 ; master on Februar 12, 1787)

The elongated octagonal plinth case is decorated with anthemion mouldings and applied with winged putto mounts.

The whole is surmounted by an elaborate carousel with three swan seats occupied by putti in the form of Hermes, cupid and a jester, the cross arms carrying the relevant symbols (a caduceus, a flaming torch and a marotte), the sides with horse head mounts supporting, on the left, a jousting ring and, on the right a wreath with ribbon inscribed "Prix du Vainqueur".

The automaton mechanism is concealed in the base and released by the clock every hour.

Paris, Empire period, circa 1805.

Chased and gilded bronze; enamel; metal and wood (base).

A similar clock is in the François Duesberg Museum in Mons Belgium, with the mention "NICOLAS ESTERHAZY, SOUVENIR D’ENFANCE".


  • Creator
    Louis Jacques Vaillant (Clockmaker)
  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    19.69 in. H x 9.06 in. W x 7.09 in. D
    50 cm H x 23 cm W x 18 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Paris, France
  • Number of Items
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1stdibs seller since 2016

Located in Paris, FR

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