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Superb Antique French Rococo Ormolu Clock with Visible Pendulum by Emile Colin



A stunning antique French clock, circa 1870, finely modelled in ormolu (finely gilded bronze). It is a beautiful Rococo balloon shape with boldly flamboyant acanthus legs hold the movement aloft. The original ormolu pendulum swings gently below. Above the dial is an elaborate 'C' scroll and stylized floral finial. The dial is porcelain enamel with its original finely cut gilt brass hands and convex glass. The French movement is of high quality and is in excellent clean and running condition having been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. Pendulum is original. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. We have a video of the clock running. Condition of the case is excellent, the gilding is beautifully clean and bright with some slight stains, discoloration and tarnish. The Emile Colin mark is on the top of the finial. The dial is also in excellent condition, just a small chip to the edge of the centre hole. The bronze founder Emile Colin is listed in Tardy and Pierre Kjellberg, Bronzes of the 19th century. Emile Colin worked in second half the 19th century for number of renowned artists, including Carrier Belleuse, Feuchère, Fratin, Pradier, Theodore Rivière, Mathurin Moreau, Mindron, and Charpentier. He sent a bronze clock and some marble vases decorated with bronze to the 1893 Chicago exhibition, in addition to some sculpture. The Colin foundry was located at 29 Rue de Sevinge, Paris in 1843, and then at 17 Rue des Tournelles from 1914. Emile Colin mark on the top of the case Complete with original pendulum, bell and a suitable key. Full setting up instructions supplied if required. Dimensions of clock: inches: Height 14", width 7 1/4", depth 5 1/2" centimetres: Height 35.5 cm, width 18.5 cm, depth 14 cm.


  • Creator
    Emile Colin (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14 in. (35.56 cm)Width: 7.25 in. (18.42 cm)Depth: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
  • Style
    Rococo (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1870
  • Condition
    Repaired: Movement has been fully overhauled and tested. Wear consistent with age and use. The gilding is beautifully clean and bright with some slight stains, discolouration and tarnish. The Emile Colin mark is on the top of the finial. The dial is also in excellent condition, just a small chip to the edge of the centre hole.
  • Seller Location
    Belper, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: RSC30801stDibs: LU2496320882322

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    US$133.29 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 8-10 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Belper, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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