French bronze, Ormolu and alabaster mantel clock

French bronze, Ormolu and alabaster mantel clock, late C19th


8-day bell striking
Bronze (not spelter) figure
Excellent Condition
Clean bright gilding
c1880
40.5cm tall

£895
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Description of the item
A nice clean mantel or table clock by Japy Freres, Paris, for Gorini Freres & Cie. The movement striking the half hours on a bell, with Medaille d'Or exhibition mark. The gilded brass case has a lady in 18th Century dress standing on a tasselled dais, beside a gilt jewellery casket and three-light candelabra on an elaborate table. The gilt body cast with foliate scrollwork framing two curved white alabaster panels and a bronze floral plaque.
Japy Freres trade mark
Gorini frères dial
Information about the maker
Japy frères were the pioneers of the mass production techiques used to make all the clocks on this page. This movement carries their Medaille d'Or exhibition mark.
Gorini Fres. & Cie were 'Horlogerie Joaillerie and Bijouterie' (Watchmakers and Jewellers) at 15, Rue Reaumur in Paris and had branches in Poitiers and the Vendee. We've seen an invoice for jewellery dating to 1886 which is approx. when we believe this clock would have been sold.
Dimensions & Specification
The dial is 3.25-inch diameter with clear Roman numerals, signed by the retailer. The movement is numbered 666 over 52 and is a good quality, two-train with outside countwheel. It counts the hours and marks the half hours on a clear bell. The case is mostly gilded brass. All the bronze coloured material is bronze, not cheaper spelter.
40.5cm tall, 33cm wide and 15.7cm deep.
Gilded brass detail
Bronze lady detail
Condition Report
In really nice condition. The gilding is particularly bright and clean. There is a small insignificant repair to the candelabra which is mentionned only for completeness. The movement has been very recently serviced as can be seen in the large photos. We've checked and oiled it; it runs perfectly.
Cost of Restoration
Non required.
Alabaster and mount detail
dial detail
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