Early Large Ormolu Clock
Psyche and the Butterfly
Silk suspension movement
- Circa 1820 ~
~~ Excellent condition, fully overhauled ~~
A fine and early French empire ormolu (mercury fire gilded or bronze doré)
clock. The original gilding is in exquisite condition with a lovely golden glow.
The clock depicts the goddess Psyche with a butterfly gently resting on her
shoulder, seated on a rock containing the movement. She is often depicted with a
butterfly as a symbol of rebirth or awaking. She is beautifully modelled and
very finely finished and gilded.
The enamel on copper with gilt brass breguet hands.
Please note this style of clock does not have a glass bezel or rear door.
The early French movement is of high quality and is in excellent clean and running condition having
been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. It an early French movement with silk
suspension. Pendulum is a replacement. It runs for 8
days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. Click the video clip below to hear
the bell and watch the clock running!
Condition of the case is excellent, the original gilding is beautifully clean and bright with some wear, mostly to the sides and rear of the case
as these areas were not as heavily gilded as the front originally. The dial is
in very good condition with just some slight marks and slight chips around
the winding holes and on the edge near the 9 o'clock. This is a stunning clock,
almost 200 years old, in fine condition.
Complete with pendulum, bell and a suitable key. Full setting up
instructions supplied if required.
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Dimensions of clock:
Height 22", Width 15 1/4", Depth 6"
Height 56 cm, Width 38.5 cm, Depth 15 cm
- All of our clocks are original antiques, we source most of our clocks in
France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. We prefer to buy our clocks in
original 'dirty' condition. We then clean the cases using a technique we have
developed over many years. We employ two qualified clockmakers who overhaul
the movements. Movements are thoroughly tested until we are satisfied that they
will run trouble free.