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This 19th-century French ormolu mantel clock crafted by Maison Marquis is a truly majestic timepiece, showcasing exquisite craftsmanship and opulent design.

This monumental clock is an impressive display of grandeur, featuring an ornate case embellished with gilt bronze, known as ormolu. At its apex, a globe is flanked by female herm figures, likely representing allegorical or mythological references. This elaborate composition crowns the clock, adding to its stature and artistic allure.

The central dial, adorned with Roman numerals, serves as the focal point of the clock's face. The attention to detail is evident in the intricate design elements, such as the female mask positioned below the dial, contributing to the overall aesthetic appeal.

The clock rests on two lion-paw feet, adding both stability and a regal touch to its base.

Housing a movement crafted by Languereau, a reputable clockmaker of the time, this Maison Marquis clock is not just a timekeeping device but a statement piece, embodying the elegance and sophistication of Parisian craftsmanship during the mid-19th century.

Paris, Circa 1855

The dial signed 'Marquis A Paris'
The movement signed 'Maison Marquis, Chaumont Languereau; twin barrel movement with Brocot escapement and rack striking on bell.

Maison Marquis, which was elected to the guild of the Rénion des fabricants de bronzes de la ville de Paris in 1844. It is known that in 1839 they began a partnership with the reputable fondeur Chaumont, who served as secretary for the guild in the year of 1832. The collaboration lasted five years before Chaumont's retirement. From their address of 25, rue Chapon, the Maison produced bronzes for clocks, lighting and other objet's d'art. They worked in partnership with the horologist Languereau, who is recorded in 1860 on the Rue St-Louis-au-Marais, Paris.

Height: 38.5"  (98 cm)
Width: 23"  (58 cm)
Depth: 11.5"  (29 cm)