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French Annular Dial Clock Garniture

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Key Features

  • This exceptional clock garniture is a work of undeniable artistry and craftsmanship
  • Crafted of exquisite rouge marble, each piece is mounted with doré bronze accents
  • The time and strike movement are contained within the marble vase, which features two dials
  • With its stunning artistry, this garniture celebrates classical ideals and Rococo luxury

Item Details

  • Height:
    12 Inches
  • Diameter:
    6 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    France
This spectacular clock garniture features an annular dial clock and two urns crafted of rouge marble with doré bronze mounts. Annular dial clocks, known as cercles tournants in France, are clocks with ring-shaped dials that revolve around a fixed pointer. This clock's time and strike movement are contained within the marble vase and features two dials, one denoting the hour, the other the minutes. The point of an arrow, held aloft by a charming Cupid, serves as the fixed pointer of this timepiece.

Signed "Susse Fes Edts."

Clock: 12" high x 6" diameter
Urns: 10" high x 5" diameter

Circa 1880

Annular dial clocks first appeared in France during the last half of the 18th century, at the height of Rococo fashion, and reappeared during the reign of Napoleon III. Their decorativeness and opulence was enormously appealing to France's wealthy patrons, when fashion mirrored the tastes of French courtly society. The value of an annular clock depends on rarity, size, craftsmanship and materials, and this garniture excels on all accounts.
This magnificent three-piece clock set features fabulous bronze sculptures by A. B. Nadaud set on rouge marble bases. The central figure, Penelope, stands unwinding her loom, flanked by two classical maidens. Nadaud was a recognized French sculptor who debuted his works at the Paris Salon in 1861.

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