This genre of clock was an indispensable accessory for Parisian households of the late nineteenth century. Able to keep time and a set alarm, these clocks were not only serviceable but beautiful. This handsome example comes from Paris and dates from 1890-1900.
The case is made of metal which has been cast from a mold. The metal is a delicious gunmetal gray. The 2-D designs have a polished sliver finish added to the highlights of the designs, which gives sparkle and light to the dark metal. The cast ornamentation features two crossed torchieres, two sculptural roses, leaves, ribbons and flowers. The body has all the beautiful curves and diverse design so beloved in French clocks.
The face is porcelain with Roman numerals for the hours and cardinal numbers for the seconds. There is a hand for setting the alarm. The movement case is of brass and has winding keys for the alarm and the mechanism. The clock will run when wound, but like all antique clocks, will runs slightly fast or slow depending on it's location and the atmosphere.
It is in good and sound condition. It measures: 11" tall, 5 1/2" across at the bottom feet, 3 7/8" deep at the bottom feet.
It has a charming "tick-tock" and adds an enchanting presence to the room.
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