With its abundance of curves, scrolling foliage, its charming putti figures, and general theatricality and opulence, this clock set is clearly inspired by French decorative arts of the Louis XV period (1710-1774). These made use of Rocaille style forms, including S and C scrolls, acanthus leaves, shells, and other stylised motifs inspired by nature.
This clock set is comprised of a central clock and two flanking candelabra, all of which are crafted from patinated and gilt bronze (ormolu). The clock is designed in the shape of a classical chariot, which is mounted with a circular clock dial, featuring navy and white enamel Roman Numerals. The chariot is driven by a patinated bronze putto, holding a burning torch, and pulled by a winged female bust, wearing a gilt feathered turban.
The two candelabra that flank the clock stand on gilt bronze scrolled bases. In their form, they imitate term sculptures, with gilt bronze leafy columnar stems, topped by half-length patinated bronze putti. Each candelabra features three branches, which curl upwards to hold leafy drip-pans and foliate, urn-shaped capitals.
François Linke (1855-1946) has been attributed as the designer of this clock set. Linke was possibly the most important craftsman of the late 19th Century. From his workshop in Paris, Linke produced fine furniture and decorative art items for an important clientele, which included members of royalty. This clock set’s fine, Louis XV style design and the exquisite quality of the bronze casting support the attribution to Linke.
Clock- Height 34cm, width 28cm, depth 26cm
Candelabra- Height 29cm, width 27cm, depth 16cm