Exquisite Antique Ormolu And Marble Napoleon III Travel Clock
This is typically one of those moments where you fall in love with a piece and its incredible beauty brings a smile to your face !
We found this exquisite ‘travel clock’ in Lyon and fell in love with its utter beauty and grace!
Let us start with the amazing presentation box :
‘Frappe aux petits fers’ or stamped with gold, it is done in camel colored calf hide and with a velours interior.
The box opens by 2 swinging doors to reveal the interior and the clock.
The lower part of the box has a hidden compartment holding the clock’s key.
The box is stamped on its base with the name of the retailer: Henri DUMONT, 4 rue de la Chaussee d’Antin in Paris.
The shop was one of the most thought after place during Napoleon the Third’s period.
The box is in great condition with only a slight discoloration of the leather in one spot.The velours is a little ‘passe’ which shows the item was used quite often.
The Clock itself is just wondrous !
Its Carrara Marble base is shaped to resemble a greek column, and decorated with a Louis XVI style Ormolu (or gilt bronze) garland of of roses, held by flowing ribbons. The lower end of the column is circled by a laurel wreath, while the pedestal is rectangular and decorated with ormolu rosettes on each side.
The clock is in perfect shape ! With the roman numbers intact and the 2 delicate hands beautifully worked. It is in working order and rewinds by hand, perfectly on time !
The column is topped by a Putto or Winged Cherub, resting on an ormulu globe representing the heavens and its stars.
The Cherub holds us a flaming torch.
The whole effect is absoltely gorgeous….delicate and beautiful…perfection really….
Defintely a Coup de Coeur !