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Antique French Napoleon III Clock w/Barley Twist Columns
A handsome and elegant tall table/mantle clock, it's ebony black and gilded design is very specific to it's time period (the end of the Napoleon III period, 1870-1880). It's origin is from Paris.
It is a tall clock, standing 18" tall (2" wide at base and 5 1/4" deep). The wooden case has delicate scrolling medallions of inlaid wooden arabesque patterns on the bottom, top and crown panels. There are four handsome columns in the barley twist form. They have a base and crown of gilded metal. There is a decorative wooden molding just above the bottom inlay panel, in a wide rib pattern with mitered corners. This molding is repeated between the two top inlay panels.
The face is of porcelain, with winding mechanisms for the alarm and movement. There are Roman numerals for the hours, and cardinal numbers for the minutes, which are read by two delicate hands. The clock is marked "Hennequin "a eu". Completely visible is the clock movement, which is the style of this type of clock. There is a pendulum in the form of the "sun king" (this is a modern pendulum, the original did not survive with the clock).
We sell this clock as a decorative piece, not a time keeper. It will run if level, but must have the attention of a competent clock handler to keep it running. We have had this clock running in our office, it has a lovely chime and "tic-toc" when running, but, as with all very old clocks, will vary in time from the correct time by several minutes.
It is a fine and interesting antique French clock in a style not often seen.
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