FRENCH PATINATED BRONZE OVER MARBLE MANTEL CLOCK
Crafted by bronzier and foundry "De Labroue", c. late 19th Century; Movement and face inscribed "E De. Labroue FtDe Bronzes A. Paris", numbered 4035
Item # 120012OPP070
This is an outstanding cast bronze figural mounted antique French mantel clock by the firm of De Labroue. A renowned bronzier and fondeur, E. De Labroue gained the trust of the major sculptors of the 19th Century to such a degree the firm was given license to cast in bronze many important sculptures of the day. One noteworthy instance is an important bronze cast of the white marble figure Une heure de la nuit by Joseph-Michel-Ange Pollet, as well as their numerous casts of works by Jean Jacques-Pradier (France, 1790-1852). The quality of work done by the firm is generally outstanding.
The present example features the bust of a maiden with a dress loosely slung from her shoulders, her hair interlaced with foliage and large leafage. A moment of timeless youth captured with a spirit of naturalism, hers is a romantic and carefree figure, her full face shining with a bright sense of humor and confidence. A deep brown patina finishes her exquisitely detailed and well preserved figure. She rests on the round marble case, the sides deeply fluted around the entire perimeter, resting over an octagonal base with only the most minor of chipping to the edges. The clock face is a white porcelain with a dial of Roman numerals, the top of the dial reading "R. XII A." whereby the R.A. flank the twelfth numeral.
The twin-fusee movement is fully functional and keeping excellent time, a small glass door opening easily to allow the clock to be wound. The back of the movement is impressed behind the bell "E. DE LABROUE FTDE BRONZES A PARIS" (likewise inscribed on the bottom of the porcelain dial), impressed with the medallion of Labroue reading "MEDAILLE D'OR TOMS 1827" and impressed along the bottom of the movement "4035". The pendulum is impressed "MADE IN ENGLAND", possibly a replacement, but probably original and simply imported.
This is a simply outstanding antique mantel clock for anyone passionate about works of the period.
Measurements: 17 1/2" total height
Condition Report: Marble is a bit dirty - some light chipping to the marble here and there. Bronze patina is original with light wear and minor abrasions. Operates very well, holding time pretty accurately - we've noticed that by the end of it's cycle, it usually is roughly 15 minutes fast. Also, on the hour mark the mechanism for the bell strike is clearly functional, but the hammer does not strike the bell - we are not fluent in clocks and we don't repair them, but it appears to be probably a minor adjustment to allow the striking mechanism to touch the bell. Minor light wear to clock face - it is also just slightly turned, which can easily be reset by adjusting the mounting from the back.
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Period American Furniture, French Furnishings, Fine Nineteenth Century Art and Sculpture
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