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The Astronomy Lesson French Empire Mantel Clock
Located in New Orleans, LA
This magnificent French Empire ormolu mantel clock features the iconic Neoclassical genre scene often referred to as "The Astronomy Lesson." A popular motif during this period, Emper...
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19th Century French Empire Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Enamel, Ormolu

A Louis XV Style Desk Travelling Cartel Clock circa 1875
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Desk Travelling Cartel Clock in chiseled and gilded bronze Rocaille decoration of scrolls, acanthus leaves and lyre Enamel dial signed Lenoir in Paris Plate mechanism No. 13287 and w...
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1870s French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Enamel, Ormolu

Ormolu Antique French Rococo Cartel Wall Clock
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A magnificent and very large original antique French Rococo cartel wall clock. Asymmetrically modelled in the Louis XV style, the dial bursting through the swirling clouds as the sun...
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19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

French Empire Venus And Cupid Mantel Clock
Located in New Orleans, LA
This splendid French Empire gilt bronze mantel clock features an exquisitely detailed scene of Venus and Cupid sharing a tender moment. Depicting the story of the goddess consoling h...
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19th Century French Neoclassical Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

Antique French Ormolu and White Marble Louis XVI Clock
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A beautiful classical clock made in the style of Louis XVI by Samuel Marti. Stunning ormolu (finely gilded bronze) mounted on a marble base. It is decorated with an inset laurel swag...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Ormolu

Antique French Ormolu and White Marble Clock - Cherubs
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A beautiful original antique French clock modelled in the Louis XVI style as two charming cherubs carrying the clock on laurel wreaths. The pendulum with applied musical motifs, swin...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Ormolu

Ormolu and Sevres Porcelain Antique French Clock by Achille Brocot
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A stunning original antique French clock by the renown maker Achille Brocot. It features exquisite Sèvres Style porcelain with pompadour rose pink ground. Beautifully modelled in the...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Charles X Gilt and Silver Clock
Located in Dallas, TX
An impressive Charles X gilt and silver clock in the gothic taste, France. Circa 1825
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Early 19th Century French Charles X Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Early Ormolu and Sevres Porcelain Antique French Clock - Japy Fils Fully Working
By Japy
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A fine and early clock by Japy Fils. It is beautifully made in ormolu (finely gilded bronze doré) and mounted with exquisite Sèvres style porcelain with a blue celeste ground. The pa...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Antique French Ormolu Clock - Lions Rampant - overhauled and tested
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A beautiful antique French clock. Its is finely modelled in ormolu (finely gilded bronze) and features two lions to each side of an urn to the top. To each side of the dial are exqui...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Ormolu and Champleve Enamel Antique French Clock by Le Roy & Fils
By Le Roy, Vincenti et Cie
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A magnificent Renaissance style clock by the renown Parisian clockmaking firm of Le Roy &Fils. Beautifully modelled in finely gilded bronze and finely decorated with exquisite polychrome champlevé enamel. The case is formed with an arched swan neck pediment surmounted by a turret with elaborate finial. To the sides are charming figures of cherubs clutching the baluster turned pillars. A third cherub is seated above the dial. The dial is also gilded bronze with champlevé enamel and is complete with original finely blued steel hands. The clock is decorated in the round with a frosted glass rear door. Please note that this type of clock does not have a glazed bezel to cover the dial. The French movement is of high quality and is by Vincenti et Cie. It is in excellent clean and running condition having been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. Pendulum is original. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. We have a video of the clock, please ask and we will send you a link. Condition of the case is excellent, the original gilding is particularly good with only minor wear where the clock has been handled and some light marks and discolouration. The rear most bun feet are missing however the clock sits very well without them. Rear frosted glass has some marks. Enamel is very good. Established by Basile Charles Le Roy in 1785, the firm of Le Roy et Fils became a well-established and renowned clockmaker. Basile had been Napoleon's master clockmaker, and along with his son Charles-Louis, he worked for Princess Pauline and the Duke de Bourbon as well. Examples of the firm's work are included in all of the major world collections. The firm was located at the Palais Royale from 1785, the year of its founding, through the death of Charles-Louis at Versailles in 1865. A shop was opened in London, in 1854 at 296 Regent Street under the name of Le Roy and Son. The name was later changed to Le Roy and Fils...
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19th Century French Renaissance Revival Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Enamel, Ormolu

A French ‘Chariot’ Three-pieces Clock Garniture attributed to F.Linke circa 1890
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
A French Ormolu and Patinated-Bronze ‘Chariot’ Three-pieces Clock Garniture Attributed to François Linke (1855 - 1946), Paris, Late 19th/ Century The clock representing a putto on ...
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1890s French Napoleon III Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu, Enamel

Fine Antique French Ormolu Rococo Clock - Cupid
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A very fine and substantial ormolu clock by the clockmaker Vincenti. Stunning Rococo balloon form of sweeping acanthus swags, scrolls and floral flourishes. To the top of a beautiful...
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19th Century French Rococo Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Fannières Frères Desk Clock "Time Allegory" circa 1860
By Fannière Frères
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Fannières Frères Desk Clock Time Allegory Chased gilt and silvered bronze Desk Clock With an allegorical theme of Time in the form of a cherub suppor...
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1860s French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

New Franz Hermle Mantel Clock in DeArt Italian Fine Marquetry and Ormolu Case, N
Located in Germantown, MD
A 21st Century German Franz Hermle Mantel Clock in DeArt Italian Fine Marquetry and Ormolu Case in new open box condition. Clock made in Germany by the historic, very famous Franz Hermle clock...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Post-Modern Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu, Brass

French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Ormolu-Mounted Grandfather - Tall Case Clock
By Kahn
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Very Fine French 19th Century Louis XVI style ormolu-mounted amaranth, tulipwood, sycamore and parquetry pedestal "Régulateur de Parquet" Clock, after the model attributed to Jean-...
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Early 1900s French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

Nice Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mantle Clock
Located in Long Island City, NY
Nice Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze Mantle Clock A fine quality urn with flowing flowers and foliage sits above the clock face surrounded by h...
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Late 19th Century French Belle Époque Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

French Louis XV Style 19th Century Gilt-Bronze Cherub & Maiden Mantel Clock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An Important and Palatial French Louis XV Style 19th century Gilt-Bronze Cherub and Maiden Mantel Clock "In Search of Love", the movement by "Samuel Marti et Cie." The large and impr...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

French Louis XVI Style Gilt and Patinated Bronze White Marble Cherub Cupid Clock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A fine French Louis XVI Style gilt and patinated bronze and white marble figural mantel clock with a figure of a drummer cherub. The brown patina cupid, seated on gilt-bronze clouds ...
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Early 1900s French Belle Époque Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

French Louis XV Style Porcelain Gilt Mixed Metal Mantel Clock
Located in Forney, TX
A breathtaking antique French Belle Époque period (1871-1914) porcelain mounted mixed metal mantel clock. Born in France in the late 19th / early 20th century, fine quality Parisian work, exceptionally executed in luxuriously opulent 18th century Louis XV Rocaille taste, finished on all sides so it can be placed anywhere in the room, featuring a visually striking sculptural floral fiolate adorned gilt metal case, heavily embellished with fine porcelain flowers...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Metal, Brass, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Plum-Mahogany Ormolu Mounted Tall Case Clock
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Very Fine French 19th Century Louis XVI Style Plum-Mahogany and Ormolu Mounted Tall-Case Regulator attributed to Revollon. The Roman numeral dial signed: Revollon - M. Lion, with h...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Arthur WAAGEN Japanese-style clock set
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
By Arthur WAAGEN (active 1869-1910). Japanese-style clock set. Made out of spelter. Representing a young woman dressed in a kimono
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19th Century French Japonisme Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

19th Century AD Mougin Parisian Napoleon III Clock & Garniture Set
Located in Forney, TX
A magnificent, large, and original, French three piece mantel set from the late 19th century. The Napoleon III Second Empire period, Neoclassical style antique clock having an urn form finial with sculptural gilded bronze mounts, over architectural case made of the most beautiful variegated specimen marble, with various shades of salmon pink and white, black and silver veining, pierced flower blossom ormolu mounted columns flank the hand enameled fancy dial with Provincial figural scene, signed Guinchard & Martin, Castres, glass door with beaded gilt brass bezel, housing the high-quality eight day time and strike movement stamped AD Mougin...
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Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Brass, Bronze, Ormolu

Louis XVI Marble Mantle Clock by Jean-Nicolas Schmit
Located in New Orleans, LA
A horologic masterpiece of precision and beauty, this neoclassical marble and ormolu mantle clock is an extraordinary example of late 18th-century French clockmaking by the famed Jea...
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18th Century French Neoclassical Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Ormolu

19th Century French Napoleon III Period Bardiglio Marble Japy Freres Clock Set
Located in Forney, TX
A fabulous over one hundred and sixty year old Parisian neoclassical style Bardiglio marble three piece mantel set. Born in Paris, France in the mid 19th century, featuring an an...
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Mid-19th Century French Neoclassical Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

Large and Very Fine French Empire Period Ormolu and Malachite Mantel Clock
Located in London, GB
Large and very Fine French Empire period ormolu and malachite mantel clock French, circa 1825 Height 89cm, width 57cm, depth 23cm This very Fine, sculpturally decorated mantel clock dates to the first French Empire period, and combines excellent antique clockmaking with Fine Classically-inspired sculpture to make a beautiful decorative piece. Both the backplate and the silvered brass dial, painted with Roman numerals, are stamped 'JACQUIER, A PARIS.' It bears the serial number 146 to upper left hand margin, and features steel moon hands set within a generous gilt laurel wreath cast bezel; it is cased in malachite (a later veneer), and richly adorned with gilt-bronze. The case is surmounted with a gilt-bronze sculpture of the Roman leader Caesar who wears a toga and a laurel crown...
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Early 19th Century French Empire Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Malachite, Ormolu

Antique French Neoclassical Revival Mantel Clock & Urn Garniture Set
Located in Forney, TX
A magnificent turn of the late 19th / early 20th century French three piece mantel set, retailed by the renowned Bailey Banks and Biddle, with movement by Samuel Marti of Paris. The stunning antique...
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Early 20th Century Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

French Louis Xv1 Style Striking Figural Ormolu-Mounted White Marble Clock
Located in London, GB
A wonderful French Louis XV1 style striking figural ormolu-mounted white marble clock. The beautifully cast figures of Venus and Cupid are springi...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Ormolu

Superb 19th Century Grandfather Clock by Haentges Freres
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A superb quality 19th century French Louis XV Style Ormolu Mounted Mahogany and King-wood Parquetry "Re´gulateur de Parquet" Grandfather longcase Clock by Haentges Freres. The drum...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Antique French Empire Ormolu Striking Library Clock
Located in London, GB
A fascinating Antique French Empire Striking Ormolu mantel clock A fascinating clock in the form of a library bookcase, with two children sitting at each side. Raised on a plinth ...
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Early 19th Century French Empire Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Steel, Ormolu

French Ormolu Mantel Clock pendulum France, Mid-Late 19th Century
Located in Lantau, HK
A French ormolu mantel clock French, mid-late 19th century Measres: Height 37 cm, width 39 cm, depth 13.5 cm. A late 19th century French gilt-bronze (ormolu) and marble mantel clock ...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Ormolu

19th Century Antique French Ormolu Bronze Mantel Clock with Musical Design Motif
Located in Madrid, ES
A true museum piece, this beautifully sculptural clock could easily find its home in a traditional environment, or be a functional and explosive counterpoint to a minimalist interior...
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19th Century French Rococo Revival Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Metal, Enamel, Ormolu

c.1820 French Ormolu Mantle Clock Depicting Orpheus
Located in Greenlawn, NY
Case: The well-cast and finished ormolu case depicts a large male figure, Orpheus, standing on rockwork while leaning on the clock and playing the flute. He is surrounded by severa...
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Early 19th Century French Empire Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Large Louis XV Style Rococo Ormolu Three-Piece Clock Set by Barbedienne
Located in London, GB
Large Louis XV style Rococo ormolu three-piece clock set by Barbedienne French, late 19th century Clock: height 58cm, width 51cm, depth 19cm Candelabra: height 75cm, width 35cm, d...
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Late 19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Enamel, Ormolu

French Louis XVI Style Figural Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock - Étienne Le Noir, Paris
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very fine and Palatial French Louis XVI style figural gilt bronze mantel clock. The vase shaped case surmounted with a pomegranate-cast finial and flanked by large satyr mask handles fitted with intertwined gilt-bronze snakes, amongst floral wreaths, ribbons and acanthus. The rectangular acanthus decorated base flanked on each side with a figure of a cherub holding a globe and a Putti writing a poem, both above a plinth decorated with fruit and floral garlands surmounted with lion-mask-legs. The circular white enamel dial with wreaths of flowers with Roman and Arabic numerals, Signed: Étienne Le Noir...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

Large 19th Century Raingo Fres, Paris Clock Set
Located in Brighton, Sussex
A fine quality French 19th Century gilded ormolu and patinated bronze clock garniture, having a pair of seven branch flower like candelabra, being supported by putti, raised on circular plinth bases with scrolling decoration. The clock having bronze patinated mother and three children, one sculpting, one painting and the other reading. Mounted on this beautiful gilded ormolu base with flowers, shells and foliage. The eight day duration clock chimes on the hour and half hour and is signed; Raingo Fres...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

Mid 19th-Century Gilt-Bronze Carriage Clock
Located in Greenlawn, NY
Lee & Son, Belfast – Retailer The very heavy gilt-bronze case has a bollard handle, a glass viewing panel above, is stamped 1522 and has a pinned back door with the release on th...
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Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

18th Century Louis XVI Ormolu and Marble Obelisk Mantel Clock
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
Signed: Joseph Gay Horloger du Roy A Turin The movement is contained in a white marble obelisk which is surmounted by an armillary sphere finial. The front with a panel chased wit...
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Late 18th Century Italian Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Ormolu

Louis XVI French Figural Mantle Clock
Located in Greenlawn, NY
Case: The ormolu rockwork case has patinated figures to the sides, military implements and several flags above and stands on a red variegated base with flattened bun feet. A celebr...
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Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu, Bronze

French Ormolu Figural Mantel Clock with Glass Dome, circa 1820
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A French Charles X period ormolu mantel clock. The drum case flanked by a young couple standing under a palm tree with flowers all around, while the lady touched the man's hand. The...
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1820s French Charles X Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Empire Bronze and Ormolu Cartel Clock by Bailly, Paris
Located in Essex, MA
A wall clock with gilt bronze ribbon bow joining a gilt bronze ribbon attached to the clock case with patinated bronze back section and laurel leaf mounted surrounding a circular glass hinged cover opening to an enamelled dial signed Bailly a Paris. An eagle with spread wings at the base seated on a plinth. All finely cast. The laurel leaves signify victory and the eagle represents strength and power. Bailly is considered on of the finest French clock makers...
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1810s French Empire Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

19th Century Louis XV Style Mantel Clock
Located in Belmont, MA
Unique French 19th century mantel clock. This exquisite mantel clock has a Sevres porcelain dial plate and other Sevres porcelain decorations. The movement with spring suspension. ...
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1890s French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Mantelpiece Clock in the Louis XVI Manner, Retailed by E & S Watson of London
Located in London, GB
Constructed in a fine quality two-tone ormolu case, and adorned with rose ground ‘Sevres’ style panels to both front and sides, depicting; rising from oblate toupie feet, the domed case is of modest breakfront form, with a flambeaux urn atop, having tea rose garlands conjoining the body; the clock face delineates the hours in Roman numerals in white cartouches, and is driven by an eight day movement, striking on a bell, with the backplate having the retailer’s stamp, ‘E & S Watson...
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19th Century English Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Gold, Ormolu

18th Century Louis XVI Gilt-Bronze and White Marble Mantel Clock, circa 1780
Located in Berlin, DE
An 18th Century Louis XVI Gilt-Bronze and White Marble Mantel Clock, circa 1780 An 18th century Louis XVI gilt-bronze and white marble clock, the white enamel dial with Roman and Ar...
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1780s French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Carrara Marble, Enamel, Ormolu

c.1810 French Ormolu Mantle Clock, ‘La Delivrance de l’Amour’
Located in Greenlawn, NY
Maker: Dubuc Aine à Paris Case: The well-cast and finished ormolu is surmounted by a female figure leaning over and opening the top door of cage containing a putti. Flanking t...
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Early 19th Century French Empire Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Early Louis XVI French Ormolu Mantle Clock by Leon A Paris
Located in Greenlawn, NY
Maker: Leon a Paris Case: The matte and burnished ormolu case has lion busts holding a fabric swag, frets and is decorated with geometric and natural decorative elements. Abov...
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Mid-18th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

c.1765 Ormolu and Patinated Horse Clock by Lenoir
Located in Greenlawn, NY
Maker: Etienne Lenoir Case: The ormolu and patinated case features a prancing horse with a finely textured finish, a wellcast snail, scrolling foliage above framing the clock ...
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Mid-18th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

Clock Mantle Gilt Bronze Neoclassical Empire French 19th Century France
Located in New York, NY
Clock Mantle Gilt Bronze Neoclassical Empire French 19th Century France. A French mantel clock in gilt bronze. Neoclassical symbols such Cup...
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Late 18th Century French Neoclassical Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

c.1810 French Figural Mantle Clock Signed Dubuc.
Located in Greenlawn, NY
Maker: Dubuc – Clockmaker. Case: The well-cast ormolu case depicts a barnyard scene with a maiden supporting a milk jug accompanied by several animals that include a sheep, ro...
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Early 19th Century French Empire Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

Louis XV Style Cartel Clock
Located in Pembroke, MA
Louis XV style Cartel clock in gilt bronze with painted porcelain dial. The case has been re-gilded, and features typical rocaille ornament such as laurel leaves and berries, flowers...
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19th Century French Louis XV Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu, Bronze

French Gilt Bronze Ottoman Chinoiserie Mantel Clock
Located in London, by appointment only
A 19th century gilt bronze clock with a seated lady in Ottoman dress resting on cushions with her arm raised possibly originally holding a bird or simila...
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Early 19th Century French Charles X Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Antique Samson Porcelain and Ormolu Chinoiserie Elephant Clock
Located in London, GB
Antique Samson porcelain and ormolu Chinoiserie elephant clock French, Late 19th Century Height 24cm, width 17cm, depth 13cm This exquisite and...
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Late 19th Century French Chinoiserie Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Early Tripod Table Clock by Thomas Cole with Glass Dome
Located in London, GB
An extraordinary rustic tripod table clock by Thomas Cole Retailed by E. White of London The circular green velvet-clad base supporting three equidistantly spaced brass imitation logs, from which the clock and its mechanism are suspended; housed within a brass bezel conformingly styled as naturalistic logs, the circular etched and engraved gilt dial with elegant blued steel hands, marked at 6 o'clock "E. White, 20 Cockspur St, London", having the hours marked in Roman numerals; the tapered two-tier movement has a six wheel train with five-spoke crossings between spotted plates, the upper section fixed by blued steel screws to the backplate, enclosing a Brocot-style deadbeat escapement incorporating rubies and train to the centre wheel, the pendulum of most unusual design styled as a lidded cauldron over a simulated fire. Complete with a glass dome and key. The front plate numbered “1637.” London made, circa 1861 Thomas Cole, (1800-1864) Son of Thomas Cole Snr, a Somerset clockmaker, his history and works are fully recorded in 'Thomas Cole & Victorian Clockmaking' by John B. Hawkins, published 1975, in Sydney. Known as a specialist in making decorative timepieces of the highest quality, Cole exhibited at the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1851; he warranted an 'honourable mention' in the Paris Exhibition of 1855 and the London 1862 Exposition International, where he was awarded a medal for 'excellence of taste and design'. Hawkins discuss Thomas Cole's tripod clocks...
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19th Century English Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Brass, Ormolu, Bronze

Antique 19th Century Raingo Frères Ormolu Bronze Cartel Wall Clock with Cherub
Located in Madrid, ES
Exhibiting the fine design and craftsmanship of French clockmakers Raingo Frères (Raingo Brothers), this impressively large clock, measuring over 1 meter tall ( 3 feet +), is an example of the “Second Rococo” period beginning circa 1830, when the highly ornate "Cartel" style of the early 18th century came back into fashion. The clock is crowned at top center by the figure of a putto or cherub, holding in one hand a dove and the other a garland of flowers. This allegorical figure can represent innocence or purity, and was a popular subject for sculptors of the 19th century. The term "Cartel clock" comes from the French "Pendule à Cartel" meaning roughly "clock in a frame for the wall" - the word "Cartel" meaning in this context "decorative frame". These clocks were almost always made from gilt bronze (also known as "ormolu") and highly decorated. The clock is complete and includes a winding key, and will be checked by our specialist clockmaker to ensure it is functioning properly before shipping. Established in the early 1800s, Raingo Frères was one of the leading makers of precision clocks...
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Mid-19th Century French Rococo Revival Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Bronze, Brass, Enamel, Ormolu

Late Empire Period Clock of Chronos Carrying Away Time
Located in London, GB
A fine model of Chronos carrying off time. The superbly modelled and cast figure of Chronos with scythe in one hand and carrying the clock under his arm. Set on a fine marble base wi...
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1820s French Empire Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

19th Century Ormolu Figural Clock by Monbro Aine, Jacquier & Henri Picard
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Imposing 19th century French Napoleon III Gilt Bronze striking Mantel clock. Flanked by two sitting cherubs and another two cherubs on top, this is another example of a fine French m...
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1860s French Napoleon III Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Unusually Large 18th Century Louis XVI Ormolu and Marble Obelisk Mantel Clock
Located in Worpswede / Bremen, DE
The movement is contained in an unusually large (67 cm!) white marble obelisk which is surmounted by an armillary sphere finial. The front with a panel chased with nymphs supporting ...
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Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Marble, Ormolu

Louis XVI Style Clock in Gilded Bronze and Porcelain, Late 19th Century
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis XVI style table clock in chiseled and gilt bronze. The case is in “architectural drawing” style shape, adorned with porcelain plates decorated with baskets of flowers in white ...
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19th Century French Louis XVI Antique Ormolu Clocks

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Ormolu

Antique Ormolu Clocks for Sale on 1stDibs

Antique ormolu clocks and other decorative objects can be incorporated into a variety of spaces, and while demand for the material and/or technique was at its peak in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries — older French ormolu clocks are especially coveted today — ormolu is still widely loved by contemporary designers and collectors.

What is ormolu?

Ormolu is a brilliant form of decorative trickery. To the untrained eye, ormolu clocks, jewelry boxes and other ormolu furniture and decor look like they're made of solid gold. But those in the know recognize ormolu — or elaborate bronze gilding — as having been essential to French design in the 18th and 19th centuries as a cornerstone of the neoclassical and Empire styles.

“Most commonly, ormolu refers to a bronze object that has been covered with gold, typically 18 karat or 24 karat,” explains Jamie Sinai, director of the antiques specialist Mayfair Gallery, in London. “For that reason, ormolu is sometimes called gilt bronze or, in French, bronze doré. Strictly speaking, however, the term ormolu also denotes the technique of applying gold to a metal.”

“The word comes from the French or moulu, which translates as ‘ground or powdered gold’ — the form the gold takes before it is applied to a metal surface.”

From the court of King Louis XVI to that of Napoleon I, the French elite snapped up furniture mounted with ormolu, as well as sconces, candelabra and table lamps made from the material. 

If you're looking to bring a touch of this 19th-century pizzazz to your desk, an antique ormolu desk clock is a decorative touch that blends ornament and functionality. The clamor for desk clocks arose as the Industrial Revolution transitioned labor from outdoors to indoors, and allowed for the mass production of clock parts in factories. Naturally, elaborate designs soon followed and clocks could be found made by artisans and luxury houses like Cartier. Indeed, an ormolu clock is an object to be admired in your home as much as it is a necessary functional element. (This is part of the reason clocks make such superb collectibles!)

Today, antiques collectors and interior designers seek out the finest in antique ormolu clocks and continue to prize ormolu for its extraordinary craftsmanship and history-infused glamour. 

“This wondrous material was highly sought after in France as the ultimate luxury. It magically resembled solid gold and sparkled under candlelight,” says Sinai.

Find antique ormolu desk clocks, wall clocks, mantel clocks and other furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.

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