This mantel clock is a beautiful and historic piece of design, created in the late 18th Century in France, when Louis XVI was king. The clock is veneered in malachite (a later addition) and decorated with gilt bronze (ormolu) mounts and jasperware medallions.
The clock features a cylindrical gilt bronze case, which is crowned by a malachite urn with a gilt bronze finial, handles and stem. The case contains a circular white enamel dial, which features black Arabic Numbers and the maker’s name ‘L. Tavernier’. The dial is displayed behind a glass lens with a gilt bronze beaded bezel. The clock case is flanked by two gilt bronze lyre finials, which stand on a malachite beam.
Two malachite squared columns with scrolled sides support the clock case. These are decorated with gilt bronze mounts in the form of square rosettes, ribbon bows, flowers, arrow quivers and lyres. Gilt bronze foliage trails and wreaths enclosing lapis lazuli medallions are mounted onto the columns’ scrolled edges. The open space between the columns is occupied by a pierced gilt bronze grape vine motif with a jasperware medallion at its centre. A gilt bronze pendulum, with a sun-burst mask at its tip, is suspended below.
The clock stands on a rectangular malachite base, which is decorated with gilt bronze beading, a broken grape vine frieze and rosettes. This base is set on gilt bronze toupie feet.