Stunning Pink Marble and Ormolu 19th Century French Lyre-Form clock in excellent working condition. Fernand Gervais, Paris, Circa 1880. With a pendulum ring of brilliant crystals surrounding an enamel dial with Arabic numerals, painted garlands draped about the numerals, and lyre-shaped hands.Marked “Fa Gervais / Ft de Bronzes / Paris / Rue des Filles du Calvaire 12” Paris France.
Both the lyre and the finely molded ormolu sunburst surmounting the clock are symbols of Apollo, the sun god who oversees the passage of time and also refers to the Sun King, Louis XIV, in which style this clock is formed. The pink carara marble body is set upon an oval base over four adjustable gilt bronze feet, the clock is further adorned by draping garlands and laurel wreaths. The piece is in outstanding condition overall. Retains three keys and comes with a period glass dome with wooden base. Number engraved on back: 11372
* First introduced at Sèvres in 1785, lyre clocks were exceptionally popular in France throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, and were produced in a wide range of materials, including gilded wood, gilt bronze, marble, and porcelain. Similar examples in Sèvres porcelain are currently held in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and the Musée National de Céramique (Sèvres).
*Information courtesy of MS Rau, https://rauantiques.com/products/marble-and-ormolu-french-lyre-clock?variant=32547156852871
Pendule lyre en bronze doré
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