This wonderful clock set displays many of the characteristics of the 18th-Century Rococo style. These include gracefulness, asymmetry, and the use of curved forms. The set—which includes a mantel clock and pair of vases—is crafted from gilt metal and is mounted with decorative porcelain plaques.
The mantel clock features a gilt metal rectangular case with a break arch top. This is crowned by an urn, featuring a gilt metal stem and a pinky-red floral porcelain body, which is covered by a gilt metal lid and finial. The case is also topped by a gilt metal wreath motif and a pair of birds. At the centre of the arched top, there is a circular redy-pink porcelain dial, with a floral centre encircled by black Roman Numerals. The dial is set within a gilt metal egg-and-dart bezel. Below the dial, there is a porcelain plaque which is painted with a young courting couple. The clock case is flanked by a pair of decorative free-standing columns with gilt metal capitals and bases and redy-pink, floral porcelain shafts. Gilt metal swags, stylised acanthus leaves and a classical mask decorates the bottom of the case. The clock stands on four gilt metal paw feet.
This clock is accompanied by a pair of vases, which are of similar design. They feature redy-pink porcelain bodies which are painted with birds and flowers, set within white frames. Each vase is topped by a gilt metal lid with a pinecone finial and is fitted with two gilt metal handles, draped with swags. The vases stand on gilt metal stems which are set on shaped gilt metal plinths. These plinths are mounted with porcelain plaques, featuring paintings of buildings in landscapes, and they are decorated with scrollwork and stylised foliage. Each plinth is placed on four gilt metal paw feet.
Clock- Height 41cm, width 22cm, depth 13cm
Vases- Height 32cm, width 14cm, depth 11cm