Antique French Belle Époque Rococo Style Bracket Clock by Henry Dasson
Total: Height 136cm
Clock: Height 86cm, width 37cm, depth 18cm
Bracket: Height 50cm, width 38cm, depth 18cm
Beautifully crafted from ormolu, this bracket (or cartel) clock is an example of the ornate and eclectic late 19th Century French style. The design blends together elements of the Rococo with Chinoiserie details in the form of Chinese dragons.
The upper main case of the clock features a centrally placed circular dial with a glazed front. Behind the glass, there are individual enamel cartouches for the hour indices, each painted with Roman numerals. The case itself is of violin shape, with ornate Rococo style rocaille details, acanthus leaf scrolled feet, floral garlands and a mask of Apollo below the dial. The top of the case is shaped like a scallop shell, and is surmounted by a winged cherub finial.
The lower bracket of the clock is similarly designed, with a central mask and incredible sculptural scrolling details surrounding it. Above, two Chinese dragons mount the bracket and fight each other in the space between the main case and bracket.
The dial is signed ‘Hry Dasson / a Paris’ and the bronze is also signed ‘henry Dasson 1882’ for the maker and date. Dasson was one of the most celebrated makers of ormolu wares in 19th Century Paris. Beginning his career as a sculptor, his works are notable for their fine sculptural quality, as works of art as well as functional household items – the present piece is a fine example of such work.