Empire Period Neoclassical Malachite and Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock
French, early 19th Century
Dimensions: Height 48cm, width 23.5cm, depth 11cm
This mantel clock was finely crafted in the Empire period, wrought from ormolu and a later malachite veneer.
The design of the clock is based on classical architecture. It features a malachite entablature—with an ormolu pierced mount to the front—which is supported on four ormolu bun feet. The malachite column shafts are smooth and each culminate in a capital, supporting the malachite top. Between the columns, there is a drum clock case which features an ornate circular dial, inscribed with Roman numeral hour indices. The dial is decorated with ormolu to the centre and features a floral moulded border. Beneath it hangs a pendulum with a circular end.