Antique Russian malachite and gilt bronze mantel clock

A stunning Russian malachite and ormolu mantel clock. The case possibly Russian but probably Paris, Palais Royal ( from the quality and style of the original ormolu mounts). The superb malachite veneered on to the bronze case. The malachite on all sides of the case. This is not a later veneered piece of nonsense that I am afraid one sees in 99% of malchite clocks offered today. This is a 100% guaranteed genuine early 19th century malachite clock. Superb ormolu mounts with original and perfect fire or mercury gilt ormolu. Set upon four fine ormolu feet with extensive decoration of flower heads and beading. The lower ormolu moulding of stiff acanthus leaf design . The ormolu decoration on the moulding below the dial is unusual and is basically an Amthemion design and is mirrored exactly on the base of the classical harp. The top of the clock has a cupid sitting on a classical stool playing a harp with swan's head and forget me not flower decoration. The ormolu dial with a basket weave encling a convex enamel dial with blued steel hands with quatrefoil form. The movement with bob pendulum is timepiece with two week duration and pinned click arbor. An exceptional and beautiful clock. Russia and France circa 1815. 15 inches high by 7.5 inches wide and 4.5 inches deep ( 37.5 cm by 18.75 cm by 11.25 cm). A malachite veneered clock of simpler form but with some identical ormolu mounts ( see the feet) is in the Catalogue of Dutch Royal Collection in the Palace Het Loo. This clock was presented by the Russian Czarina Maria Feodorovna ( 1759-1828), to her son in law, the future King Willem II on the occasion of his birthday on 3 August 1821. pp 103

Stock Number: 5542

Price: £25,000

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