2053b: Antique French Clock Late 18th C. Silk Susp. Fig
A striking and elegant fine example of the melding of French Romantic Period Art and genius engineering, this antique French ormolu gilt and patinated bronze figural clock features a two train, eight day time and strike silk suspension movement signed hallmarked "S" 3064 and which strikes on the hour and half-hour. It Runs great, keeps perfect time. The period of French Romanticism (circa 1790 – 1850) runs throughout the First Empire to beyond Charles X. While the Romantic style of the clock case dates its creation from late 18th to early 19th Century its fine silk suspension movement suggests late 1790s. This is further supported by the original 18th Century brushed silver alloy patinated stylized nature patterned face with Roman numeral chapters and minute markers surrounding the face. It is an expertly crafted example of the French Romantic Period themes of bold individual heroism can be appreciated in its patinated clock case with artistic chasing of the detailed elegant French nobleman pondering Nature's wisdom and intricate base (see photos). Circa late 1790s – early 1800s. Comparable prices include $5,438 for an 1815 French ormolu Romantic figural clock for sale at Roderick Antique Clocks in London (see comp on Roderick’s website) and $4,495 for the French ormolu clock for sale at Gavin Douglas Antiques (see their website). Dimensions with stand: 13.5" h. X 9" w. X 4" d.
Good condition. Movement works great. Keeps good time.