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Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock c.1850

Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
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  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
  • Antique French Ormolu & Bronze Mantel Clock
Price: £3,250.00
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This is a fabulous  ormolu, bronze and Siena marble mantel clock c.1850 in date.

This beautiful clock features an ormolu figure dressed in a Renaissance costume wearing a laurel wreath, casually sitting on a bronze rock with an inset Roman numerals clock face.

The stepped Siena marble base is divided by a large ormolu border decorated with scrolling cartouche cresting, acanthus leaves and interlocking shells and raised on acanthus scroll feet.

It has a  French 8 day striking movement that bears the serial No. 81499.

This is a marvelous quality clock which will look amazing on your mantel piece.


In excellent condition having been fully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.


Movement dismantled and all parts examined and tested.
All detents and pivots re-ground and polished.
Bearings supplied and fitted.
All steel and brass components cleaned, buffed and burnished.
Escapement dismantled, cleaned, synchronised and set.
Movement regulated.
Case cleaned and polished.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 60 x Width 40 x Depth 22

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 9 inches

Ormolu - (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copperbrass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

No true ormolu was produced in France after around 1830 because legislation had outlawed the use of mercury. Therefore, other techniques were used instead but nothing surpasses the original mercury-firing ormolu method for sheer beauty and richness of colour. Electroplating is the most common modern technique. Ormolu techniques are essentially the same as those used on silver, to produce silver-gilt (also known as vermeil).

16th century fashion for men was just as elaborate as any other century. Hats were mandatory and a man could face a fine if seen without one. Materials included cotton, velvet and satin. It was mostly flannel for lower class men. White shirts were billowy with long puffy sleeves. Worn over the shirts was the doublet, a fancy type of vest that was usually tied on both the front and sometimes the back man. The doublet came in all kinds of rich patterns and came to define the Renaissance man.

Lower class men wore a type of trousers called trews that were loose fitting. Upper class men wore puffy breeches, sometimes called Venetian breeches. 16th century fashion for men also saw the use of the trunkhouse which were puffy-like breeches with slits revealing contrasting colors. These types of breeches would be toned down in later centuries, but would come to the standard of a man’s wardrobe for the next few centuries. Men wore hose at this time, often made of wool, but sometimes silk for men who could afford it. Both short and long boots were available, but regular shoes made of leather were also an option. It was also popular in the 16th century fashion period for men to wear capes which was also a nice accessory that usually stopped around the back of the waist and sometimes sported over one shoulder.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 07655

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