Gilt bronze and malachite Louis XVI clock
French, late 18th Century
Height 69cm, width 36cm, depth 13.5cm
This fine Louis XVI mantel clock is wrought from malachite and gilt bronze. The malachite veneer is a later, beneficial refinishing. The clock features a plinth-form malachite base supporting four malachite columns, each with a gilt bronze capital. The columns raise an ornately shaped top, which is inset with a circular white enamel dial and is surmounted by urn-form finials. Beneath the dial is suspended an ornately cast and finished gilt bronze drapery, while below that hangs an Apollo pendulum. The dial is signed ‘Lechopie Jne a Paris’, for Léchopié & Sons.