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Antique Empire Ormolu Portico Clock by Alexandre Destape Palais Royal

Alexandre Destape Palais Royal

A fine French gilt bronze portico clock from the 1st half of the 19th century, in the Empire style. The stepped rectangular pediment with dentil moulded cornice above four columns standing on a plinth base, the dial with an ormolu engine turned centre and enamel chapter ring with roman numerals, above a figure of a winged cupid holding a torch aloft. The friezes with finely cast and chased decoration in original matt & burnished gilding. The eight day movement with a bimetallic grid pendulum, striking the hour & half hour on a bell, via an outside countwheel, numbered M 309. Minor crazing to enamel chapter ring.

Height 18 1/2″ (47cm)

Width 10″ (25.4cm)

Depth 5 3/4“ (14.6cm)


Circa 1840