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Antique Nineteenth Century French Carriage Clock
This beautiful clock tells time and will strike from a set alarm. It comes from Paris and dates from 1880.
It has a heavy case, made of cast bronze. The top has an urn, flanked by two scrolling arabesques. The polished bronze crown is cast with filagree, cartouche and arabesques. Two side pieces made of cascading arabesques connect to the base. A repeating design of cast bronze matching the top forms a skirt. The case sits on four wide feet. The center body (front and back) of the case is painted and though faded with time, cherubs, flowers and scrolls can still be recognized.
The movement winds from the back with one key for the time and another for the alarm. The porcelain face has Roman numerals for the hours and cardinal numbers for the minutes. There are two decorative hands which mark the time and one long hand, which turns outward at the bottom for marking the alarm. The clock is ticking and will work if wound and level (like all old clocks, it's time will vary and it must be level to run). The porcelain face has one small chip at the bottom (below the "VI").
It measures:9 1/4" tall, 6 1/2" across at the base, 4" deep at the base. It is in very good condition, solid and sound. The painted areas are worn as is typical with age. The porcelain face measures 2 1/2" in diameter. The hands work properly and the clock keeps relatively good time.
As a decorative piece, it is fabulous. The patina of the painted bronze combined with the brilliance of the cast metal gives the clock a true presence.