Antique French Japonisme Mantel Clock with Floral Champlevé Enamel
French, late 19th Century
Dimensions: Height 51cm, width 27.5cm, depth 22cm
Beautifully wrought from patinated bronze and champlevé enamel, this mantel clock is designed in the Japonisme style. The style was popular in 19th Century Europe following the opening of Japan to trade and cultural exchange.
The clock stands on four cabriole feet, with a pierced Japanese style apron to the bottom. The central case is stepped, with the main section of rectangular profile, and mounted with pierced patinated bronze vines and floral decorations. There is a further pierced apron to the top, below a cushion top surmounted by a Dog of Fo finial. The clock case is decorated in a beautiful turquoise champlevé enamel, with pink flowers and Japonisme decorations. The centrally placed dial is gilt bronze with a patinated bronze rim, and Roman numerals for the hour indices.