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APOLLO, WINGED ORMOLU CLOCK
ref. 433

A stunning example of the french clockmakers art and skill at its best. This exceptional clock depicts Apollo sitting with his lyre to his side. He is filling an oil lamp from an amphora. The case has foliate masks and emblems all over, and a lushous pomegranite is depicted on the case.  The original fire-gilded ormolu case is finely chiselled and has been burnished in places to show contrasts in the detail.

The quality french 8-day original silk suspension movement strikes the hours and halves on a bell. The white enamelled dial has chased and burnished hands which indicate the time very clearly. The dial is signed "Le Mallet, Orleons". Date circa 1820

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Dimensions: HEIGHT 19 1/4 inches, WIDTH 14 1/2 inches, DEPTH 5 3/8 inches

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CHERUB PORCELAIN PANEL
ref. 465

An ormolu and bronze mantle clock set with putti inset porcelain panels

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CUPID AND PSYCHE
ref. 377

An outstandingly beautiful EMPIRE Period ormolu and bronze clock.  The subject is Cupid & Psyche with outstreched and entwined arms with classically draped and flowing costumes. The original fire gilded ormolu makes a stunning contrast to the darkly patinated bronze.  The figures are extremely well defined and hand chased, with even fingernails being defined. The feathers on Cupids wings are all individually hand carved and chased with burnishing to the highlights.  As the clock is so well modelled it can be viewed from any angle and so would look stunning infront of a mirror. The engine-turned silvered dial is signed "Ganguillet a Rouen" and is surrounded with a garland or ormolu roses. The original silk suspension bell striking movement runs for 8 days. Date circa 1830.

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Dimensions: Height less than 20 inches, Width 14.5 inches, Depth 5.75 inches

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ENAMEL CARTOUCHE DIAL ORMOLU
ref. 463

A finely detailed ormolu clock with decorative blue on white twelve piece enamel dial set within chased and gilded dial background.

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GREEN BOULLE TORTOISE SHELL
ref. 412

A Beautiful Boulle Tortoiseshell clock in the rarer Green colour being well contrasted with the polished cut brass and the well chased, gilded foliate applied mouldings.  There are pierced sound frets to the sides of the clock and at the front with green silk behind. The dial consists is of twenty-four pieces of blue on white enamel cartouche each held in place with bent copper feet and further secured with shellac.  These are set onto a background of ormolu which has been hand chased with burnished gold highlights. The central enamel is signed "S. Johnson, Paris" the retailers name. The square eight-day gong striking french movement is of a very high quality with a dead-beat escapement for added accuracy.

Date circa 1880

Boulle(Sometimes spelt: Buhl)
André Charles, 1642–1732, French cabinetmaker, the master of a distinctive style of furniture, much imitated, for which his name has become a synonym.  A type of marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass as a veneer for furniture; the design is of scroll, flower and arabesque motifs often inlaid into ebony. Little Boulle furniture was made in England in this early period, though it enjoyed a revival of popularity in the 19th Century of which this is a good example. Boulle work is described as premiere-partie when the ground is brass, and contra-partie when it is tortoise-shell; such pieces were often made in "pairs" therefore using all available cuttings from the brass and tortoise-shell.

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HOWELL & JAMES JASPERWARE ORMOLU
ref. 461

A stunningly beautiful mantel clock made fo these high quality retailers.

The frost gilded ormolu case is profusely engraved.

The clock features Wedgwood Jasperware plaques.

There is a matching optional gesso base/stand with this clock

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ROCOCO ORMOLU
ref. 434

A beautiful fire gilded ormolu mantle clock with quality french 8-day silk suspension bell strike movement. The clock also has its original rococo carved wood gesso base (not pictured) which is numbered to match the clock. The case is extensively chased and burnished.

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SCARLET BOULLE TORTOISESHELL
ref. 413

This outstanding clock is signed on the dial at 6 o'clock "MARTIN & CO., PARIS & CHELTENHAM" (the jewellers who today supply the magnificent CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP TROPHY) who have long been retailers of fine clocks, of which this is a magnificent example.  The wonderful red colour is contrasted with the cut brass and the well chased foliate applied mouldings. The feet of the clock are formed as mythical dragons. There are pierced sound frets to the sides of the clock with red silk placed behind. The dial of the clock consists of twenty-four pieces of blue on white enamel cartouche design set onto a background of ormolu which has been hand chased with burnished gold highlights including a portrait of KING LOUIS XIV below 12 0'clock. On top of the clock sits a mischevious ormolu cherub. The eight day bell striking french movement is marked MARTIN & CO. 969 the retailer and S.Martie et Cie Medalle de Bronze and is of a high quality with a dead-beat escapement for added accuracy.

Date circa 1880

Boulle(Sometimes spelt: Buhl)
Andre Charles Boulle (1642-1732) was a famous French cabinet maker who perfected a marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass as a veneer for furniture; the design is of scroll, flower and arabesque motifs often inlaid into ebony. Little Boulle furniture was made in England in this early period, though it enjoyed a revival of popularity in the 19th Century of which this is a good example. Boulle work is described as premiere-partie when the ground is brass, and contra-partie when it is tortoise-shell; such pieces were often made in "pairs" therefore using all available cuttings from the brass and tortoise-shell.

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Dimensions: 17 inches high, 6 inch dial, 6 inches deep and 10inches wide at base

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SLEEPING AMOUR
ref. 376

This fine and rare Empire clock depicts the god of love exhausted after work and resting in a basket filled with grapes and vines. With original fire gilding and green/brown bronze patination to the basket this is a very beautiful clock. Designed by Jean Andre Reiche circa 1807 "l'amour endormi sur la corbeille" this model was housed at the Chateau Fontainebleau in the bed chamber of the Prince of Neuchatel. The detail in the chasing of the bronze is equally impressive when viewed from any angle and its small size suits it to any mantelpiece. The enamel dial with chased and pierced fire gilt hands having an 8-day bell striking original silk suspension movement.

Circa 1807

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Dimensions: Height 13.5 Width 9 Depth 6 inches

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TURQUOISE CHAMPLEVE ENAMEL
ref. 382

A very attractive Champleve enamel mantel clock with an abundant floral decoration.  The overal ground colour is a turquoise enamel. with a blue/purple theme.  The Gilt arabic clock dial is enhanced with a champleve enamel roundel. The Vincent movement bears the awarded  Medal D'Argent 1855 stamp.  The 8-day clock strikes the hours on a coiled gong and is numbered 9822 with matching pendulum. 

Circa 1900

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Dimensions: Height 11.25 Width 6 Depth 4.5 inches

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zz C.H. COX, LEAMINGTON
ref. 421

An impressive English Gothic inspired mantel clock signed on the dial C.H. Cox, Leamington.

The finely detailed Bronze case of the clock has its original Green/Brown bronze patination and is highly Gothic in style. The case has quatrefoil and arched decoration with Regal heads to the cluster columns.

The cast bronze bezel to the dial is secured with a key lock to the side, this opens when the key is turned. The bronze glazed back door is also key locked.

The 5" diameter convex silvered dial is well engraved with original pierced and blued steel hands.

The clock is in magnificent original condition, the only slight fault I can see is a repair to one of the rear RHS feet which looks to have been soft-soldered. This is an old repair and is hardly noticable - but I'm sure it could be repaired more neatly if you wanted to.

The small sized shouldered movement is a good quality english double gut-line fusee of 8-Days duration striking the hours on a polished bell on the back. The movement has noce quality shaped back-cocks and bridges.

The clock has a pull repeat feature for striking the hours at will via the corded brass pull you see pictured.

The clock movement has been recently fully restored.

Brian Loomes's "Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World Volume 2" says "C.H. Cox (Charles Humphrey Cox) moved from Walingford to Leamington Spa 1840-51 and then to Coventry by 1860."

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Dimensions: Height to top finial 15.5, Width 11, Depth 7 (inches)

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zz HENRI MARC - GILT ROCCOCO
ref. 432

A Beautiful French rococo ormolu clock by the famous maker HENRY MARC a PARIS. The clock is designed around a foliate pattern and has it's original fire-gilt ormolu colour which gives the clock an amazing colour.

The white enamel dial is clearly marked in roman numerals and also with the makers name, and the movement is also signed.

The original silk suspension movement is of an 8-day duration striking the hours and halves on a bell. The movement and pendulum have the identical serial number of 21884 stamped upon them. 

The clock is a really nice size and would grace any mantle-piece.

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Dimensions: HEIGHT 12 inches WIDTH 9 inches DEPTH 4 inches

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