19th Century French Gilt Bronze Mantle Clock Circa 1820

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For those who love all things gilded and an abundance of Rococo flourishes, this clock is for you! This French clock is made from bronze that was gilded using mercury at a time when artisans didn’t realize how deadly it was. If you look closely at the details, you will see how sharp they are. There was a craftsman who used a tool to chisel the bronze after it was cast to create this amazing effect. He used another tool to hammer the small dots that appear on the woman’s dress. The gilding was done primarily in a matte finish with shiny highlights in places. The dial is covered in white enamel and shows the maker, Roger, who was located on Rue St. HonorĂ© in Paris. This clock dates to what is called Epoque Restauration in French, the Restoration period, when the Bourbon family returned to rule the country in 1814. It is in excellent condition for its age and is a real work of art.
This clock measures an impressive 17″ (43.2 cm) in height, 13 1/2″ (34.3 cm) wide at the base and 5″ (12.7 cm) deep. Bear in mind that these clocks were designed to sit on a mantel, which meant that they couldn’t be all that deep. This clock still has its original pendulum and key and is in good working condition, but I’ve never set it up to operate in all the years I’ve had it. The silvered bronze bell is still in back as you can see in the picture and would create a lovely tone once set up to keep time. It chimes on the hour and the half hour. It weighs 12 pounds.

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