French architecturally formed ormolu mantel clock
French, 19th Century
Height 52cm, width 28cm, depth 17cm
This beautiful Baroque style mantel clock is crafted from gilt bronze. The highly detailed case takes the form of a piece of miniaturised architecture: a campanile of sorts, the top level contains the clock dial while the lower level, approached by shallow steps, is flanked by figurative sculptures and culminates in a bas relief frieze of cherubim and other classical elements. The entirety of the case is ornately decorated: the architectural elements, such as the pilasters and pediment, are exquisitely detailed with Baroque style motifs. The white enamel dial, inscribed with Roman numerals, is signed ‘Rollet Fabt. / Bould. St. Denis 15’.