Antique and vintage bronze figural clocks

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2015-06-26 11:14:34

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Antique and vintage bronze figural clocks

Antique and vintage bronze figural clocks are collectible clocks, most often associated with 18th and 19th century France. They are generally a form of mantel or regulator clock.

They feature single or multiple bronze figures, which are often depictions of Greek and Roman deities.

Antique or vintage?

Only an item produced more than 100 years ago can be classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

Notable sales of antique and vintage bronze figural clocks

  • A quarter striking, gilt-bronze mounted pedestal figural clock, produced by Jacques Clouzier in Paris in around 1710, sold for £229,250 at a Sotheby’s auction in July 2008.

  • A French bronze mantel clock depicting the Roman legend of the oath of Horatiae, sold for £43,200 at Sotheby’s in March 2006.

  • A rare bronze, ebony and boulle marquetry ormolu figural clock, made circa 1720, sold for $243,200 at Sotheby’s in May 2004.

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