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Neoclassical Clocks

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
19th Century Neoclassical Style Ormolu and Marble Mantel Clock
Located in London, GB
This endearing French mantel clock combines lustrous ormolu and sumptuous white marble, making for a light and yet majestic work that perfectly compliments the masterfully executed N...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Marble, Ormolu

Empire Style Ormolu Clock Set Depicting the Oath of the Horatii
Located in London, GB
This exquisite 19th century trio is comprised of a central clock and a pair of flanking six-light candelabra. The design of the clock case is widely acknowledged to be inspired b...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Bronze

Antique Silver and Enamel Viennese Table Clock
Located in London, GB
This 19th century, Austrian table clock is crafted in silver and the complex champleve enamel technique. The base of the clock is a semi-spherical dome inlaid with enamel panels of c...
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Late 19th Century Austrian Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Silver, Enamel

Small Proportioned Elegant Portico Mantel Clock by Janvier, c. 1815
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 Clocks

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Metal

Gilt Bronze and Marble Garniture, Clock Signed Raingo Fres, France, 19th Century
Located in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Gilt bronze and marble three piece clock garniture. Clock signed Raingo Fres. France, 19th century. Clock works. Clock dimensions: 71 cm height, 46 cm width, 22 cm depth. Candel...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Marble, Bronze

French Neoclassical Style Bronze and Marble Three-Piece Clock Set
Located in London, GB
French neoclassical style bronze and marble three-piece clock set French, 19th century Clock: Height 38cm, width 50cm, depth 15cm Candelabra: Height 62cm, width 27cm, depth 20cm ...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Marble, Bronze

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 Clocks

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Lapis Lazuli, Ormolu, Bronze

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 Clocks

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Ormolu, Bronze

Large 19th Century Neoclassical Figural Bronze and Marble Mantle Clock
Located in New York, NY
Large 19th century neoclassical figural patinated with gilt highlight bronze and marble mantle clock depicting Diana The Hunter. The marble is hand painted with classical decorations.
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19th Century Italian Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Marble, Bronze

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 Clocks

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Marble, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

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 Clocks

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Ormolu, Bronze

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 Clocks

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Lapis Lazuli, Enamel, Ormolu, Bronze

Crystal Face and Pendulum Clock Made by Ansonia Clock of New York
Located in Stamford, CT
Crystal face and pendulum clock made by Ansonia Clock of New York. Bronze case in all beveled glass surround.
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1960s Vintage Neoclassical Clocks

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Brass

Antique Gilt Bronze Mounted Cut Glass Clock Set
Located in London, GB
This graceful three-piece clock set is designed in a refined neoclassical style, which was fashionable in France in the 19th century. The set has been crafted from finely cut clear g...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

Antique French Ormolu Drum Head Clock with Lions Masks
By Samuel Marti, Pierre-Antoine Foullet
Located in Belper, Derbyshire
A fine and early original antique French drum head clock, circa 1860. Beautifully made in finely gilded bronze, It is of Neoclassical design with lions masks, scrolling acanthus supp...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

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 Clocks

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Malachite, Ormolu

Continental Austrian Gilt Mantel Clock
Located in New York, NY
Continental Austrian (18th Century) gilt wood and blue glass panel mantel clock with a pediment (signed: Wieneslaus Wilfarthm, Koniglicher Hoff, UHR Macher) (Not working)
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18th Century and Earlier Austrian Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Giltwood, Glass

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 Clocks

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Lapis Lazuli, Ormolu, Bronze

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 Clocks

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Bronze

French Renaissance Style Gilt Bronze and Enamel Mounted Onyx Longcase Clock
Located in London, GB
French Renaissance style gilt bronze and enamel mounted onyx longcase clock French, late 19th century Measures: Height 126cm, width 37cm, depth 30cm This colourful longcase cloc...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Marble, Onyx, Ormolu, Bronze, Enamel

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 Clocks

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Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

Victorian Ebonized Wood Mantle Clock
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Neoclassical back wood mantle clock. Strikes on hour and half hour with a deep resounding gong. With key and pendulum. Working order but clocks may need adjustment after shipping.
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Late 19th Century American Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Wood

Swedish Neoclassical Giltwood Cartel
Located in Boston, MA
The Arabic numeral dial signed A.M. Blomberg, Stockholm, the case elaborately carved with opposing cornucopias, birds and branches, raised on a bracket decorated with shells and acan...
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Early 19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Giltwood

Sèvres Style Gold Ormolu and Pink Porcelain Antique French Three-Piece Clock Set
Located in London, GB
The magnificent neoclassical style clock set would make a beautiful addition to any elegant interior. The three-piece, antique French clock set comprising a central clock and a p...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Bronze

Henry II Style Pendulum Clock, 19th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
The style Henry II ("Henri II") was the name given to an artistic style emerged in France in the 19th century and was inspired by the Renaissance of this country making a series of f...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Wood

Early 19th Century Danish Neoclassical Longcase Clock
Located in Essex, MA
Early 19th century Danish carved and giltwood neoclassical tall case clock. Original gilding on all hand carved neoclassical ornamentation. Palace provenance, more than likely. Profi...
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Early 19th Century Danish Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Brass

19th Century Swedish Mora Working Tall Case Clock in Original Paint
Located in Wichita, KS
This is a rare Swedish Mora clock with exceptional crosshatch detail in the neoclassical style, circa 1810. Original face, clockworks, pendulum and weights. This clock has been clean...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Paint

Antique 19th Century Dutch Marquetry Scrolled Floral Inlaid Walnut Wall Clock
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique 19th century Anglo American drop dial wall clock. The hand-crafted case being made in England, and the movement being imported from the Us Made of walnut and inlaid satinwood...
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1880s Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Fruitwood, Satinwood, Walnut

Early 19th Century Austrian Neoclassical Parcel Gilt Wooden Wall Clock
Located in Essex, MA
Rare form of a double-headed Hapsburg Eagle wall clock. Early 19th century with a chic black painted swag. Can always be fitted with a modern clock work. Dial and gilding original
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Early 19th Century Austrian Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Giltwood

Antique American Ingraham Mantel Clock
Located in Forney, TX
A spectacular American antique mantel shelf clock, by Ingraham Clock Company, Bristol, Connecticut (1831-1958). This early 20th century, architectural faux marble black enameled ...
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Early 20th Century American Neoclassical Clocks

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Brass, Bronze

Clock Set, Bronze, Rouge Griotte, Etc, France, 19th C. After Clodion
Located in Madrid, ES
Clock garnish and two candlesticks. Bronze, rouge griotte marble. France, 19th century, following Clodion's models. Set or garnish consisting of a table clock and two candlesticks ...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Griotte Marble, Bronze, Other

Fine French Neoclassical Marble and Gilt Bronze Ormolu Mantel Clock
Located in London, by appointment only
A fine late 19th century large white marble and ormolu mantel clock with a finely cast and patinated bronze lady reading. The clock is in superb condition and has been restored by...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Statuary Marble, Bronze

Large cherub-themed gilt bronze clock garniture by Popon
Located in London, GB
Large cherub-themed gilt bronze clock garniture by Popon French, late 19th Century Clock: Height 68cm, width 63cm, depth 26cm Candelabra: Height 89cm, width 46cm, depth 39cm Th...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu, Tôle

Antique French Neoclassical Style Ormolu and Cloisonne Enamel Clock Set
Located in London, GB
This exceptionally detailed clock set consists of a mantel clock and a pair of accompanying vases, which are all crafted in ormolu and extensively decorated in vibrant cloisonné enam...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Ormolu, Bronze, Enamel

Rare IMHOF Bronze Enamel Alarm Travel Clock
Located in Guaynabo, PR
This is a 15 jewels Swiss round clock. It depicts an enamel round frontal panel painted with a colorful beautiful bouquet of flowers framed by gilded bronze Roman numerals dial. In t...
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Early 20th Century Swiss Neoclassical Clocks

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Bronze

French Neoclassical Style Enamel, Onyx, and Gilt Bronze Pedestal Clock
Located in London, GB
French neoclassical style enamel, onyx, and gilt bronze pedestal clock French, late 19th century Measures: Height 125cm, width 36cm, depth 30cm This beautiful pedestal clock has...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Onyx, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

Onyx, Marble, Gilt Bronze and Champlevé Enamel Pedestal Clock
Located in London, GB
This colorful pedestal clock has been crafted from fine red marble and green onyx, and beautifully decorated with gilt bronze (ormolu) and champlevé enamel. While a popular crafts ma...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Onyx, Marble, Bronze, Enamel, Ormolu

Original Dutch Stoelklok with Verge Escapement Wall Clock
Located in Norwich, GB
Dutch Stoelklok Arched bracket with two painted mermaids, gilded lead cresting moulded with two lions beside an armorial crest, side glazed windows with pierced fretwork. The p...
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1780s Dutch Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Brass

Antique Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock by Sevin and Barbedienne
Located in London, GB
This ormolu clock is an exemplary work by the famous French 19th century metalworker and foundry-owner, Ferdiand Barbedienne. Working with a design made by the acclaimed onamentalist...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Ormolu, Bronze

Clock, France, 19th C., after Charles Cressent 'France, 1685-1768'
By Charles Cressent
Located in Madrid, ES
Clock. Palo santo, rosewood, golden bronze. France, 19th century, modeled after Charles Cressent (France, 1685-1768). Wooden box grandfather clock in which palo santo, rosewood an...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Bronze, Other

French Ormolu Mantel Clock
Located in London, by appointment only
France, circa 1880 A fine French, gilt bronze ormolu mantel clock with its porcelain face, the case with elaborate garland decorations culminating in a volute krater of flowers ab...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Bronze, Ormolu

1959 Herschede Grandfather Clock with Five Tubes, Brass Dial and Key
Located in New York, NY
This 1959 clock ran and struck fine, but not guaranteed; body is in good condition. It has five tubes, brass dial; serial movement # 604626. Directions are included for assembling th...
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1950s American Vintage Neoclassical Clocks

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Mahogany

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 Clocks

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Bronze

Malachite Inlaid Black Marble Plinth-Form Mantel Clock
Located in London, GB
Malachite inlaid black marble plinth-form mantel clock French, circa 1876 Measures: Height 24cm, width 39cm, depth 16cm This rather unusual but nonetheless beautiful mantel cloc...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Malachite, Marble

19th Century Neoclassical Style Régulateur De Cheminée by Maison Marnyhac
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Impressive ormolu-mounted mahogany mantel clock regulator Bevelled glass on each face Enamelled dial The movement signed Marnyhac and numbered 4285 With its original key and pendulum...
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1860s French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Ormolu

Antique French Neoclassical Style Ormolu Mantel Clock
Located in London, GB
This ormolu (gilt bronze) mantel clock is a stunning piece of design, which features beautiful neoclassical style low-relief decorations and three-dimensional sculptures. The clo...
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Early 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Enamel, Ormolu, Bronze

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 Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Marble, Bronze, Ormolu

Pocket Watch, Frères Esquivillon & De Choudens, Paris, France
By Frères Esquivillon & De Choudens
Located in Madrid, ES
Pocket watch, Frères Esquivillon & De Choudens (circa 1765-1830). Paris, France, 19th century Saboneta pocket watch with the exterior decorated in enamels (architectural compositio...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Other

Antique French Ormolu Onyx Mantle Clock by Samuel Marti
Located in Forney, TX
An exceptional French Neoclassical style ormolu mounted onyx mantel clock by Samuel Marti et Cie, imported into America and retailed and sold in 1916 by Mermod, Jaccard & King Jewelr...
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Early 20th Century French Neoclassical Clocks

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Onyx, Ormolu, Spelter, Bronze

Neoclassical Style Gilt Bronze and Malachite Mantel Clock
Located in London, GB
Neoclassical style gilt bronze and malachite mantel clock. French, late 19th century Measures: height 39cm, width 23cm, depth 11cm This elegant mantel clock, crafted from malach...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Malachite, Ormolu

Portico Clock in Tulipwood, Fine Inlay and Ormolu Mounts-France, 19th Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Portico style French tulipwood clock with Boulle style fine inlays of mother-of-pearl and bronze. Eight day French movement with a grid-iron ormolu pendulum. Four supporting columns ...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Ormolu, Brass

French 19th Century Neo-Classical St. Ormolu and Marble Garniture Set
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A striking and most decorative French 19th century Neo-Classical st. ormolu and Rouge Griotte marble three piece garniture set signed Japy Frères. The impressive clock, which Japy Fr...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Marble, Ormolu

Antique French Japy Freres Brass Champleve Enameled Cloisonne Mantel Clock
Located in Dayton, OH
Antqiue late 19th Century French Japy Freres gilt brass enameled mantel clock featuring neoclassical styling with polychrome champleve enamel accents, four columns with spire finials...
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Late 19th Century Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Brass, Enamel

Neoclassical Patinated Bronze and Sienna Marble Hercules Clock by E. F. Caldwell
Located in New York, NY
A handsome patinated bronze and Sienna marble clock of two Hercules bronze figures holding a circular "Globe" shaped Sienna marble clock with Roman-numerals in patinated bronze, the ...
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Early 1900s American Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Siena Marble, Bronze

19th Century Neoclassical Style Gilt Bronze Cartel Clock and Barometer
Located in London, GB
This fine set comprises a cartel clock and barometer, each of which are crafted entirely in gilt bronze. The clock and barometer cases are identical, and take the form of a lyre. The...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Enamel, Ormolu, Bronze

Antique French Gilt Bronze and Enamel Miniature Carriage Clock
Located in London, GB
Antique French gilt bronze and enamel miniature carriage clock French, late 19th Century Clock: Height 11cm, width 5.5cm, depth 5cm Case: Height 11cm, width 7cm, depth 7cm This...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Enamel, Ormolu

Huge Mantel Clock in Bronze Style Neoclassical
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very unsual clock in the style neoclassical in ormolu bronze each detail on the side bronze clock and front are stunning.
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1930s French Vintage Neoclassical Clocks

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Bronze

Engraved Eight-Day Striking and Repeating Carriage Clock by Perregaux Au Locle
Located in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
A superb high quality eight-day striking and repeating carriage clock, signed on the enamel dial PERREGAUX AU LOCLE, circa 1870. The superb engraved gilt gorge brass case has face...
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19th Century French Antique Neoclassical Clocks

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Brass

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