Empire Clocks


French Empire Mantel Clocks

Buying French Empire clocks

Apollo Art & Antiques is specialist in fine French antique clocks from the 18th century to the 19th century. Discover our French Empire mantel clocks.

We present a fine selection of French Empire mantel clocks for you to buy. In our collection you will find chariot clocks, mythological clocks, Louis XVI clocks and other mantel clocks.

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Empire mantel clocks: works of art

A fine Empire mantel clock is so much more than an instrument to tell the time. Ormolu clocks were an important symbol to show the wealth of its owner as they were true works of art. Especially any Empire clock made by masters like Claude Galle or Pierre-Philippe Thomire. These gilt bronze Empire clocks, also called ormolu clocks,  are expressions of the Neoclassical art movement that started in the last quarter of the 18th century. It is known for its classical designs, allegories, and motifs. The use of gilt bronze (also called “ormolu”) to make luxury goods reached its peak at the beginning of the 19th century in France. The balance in composition and the study of objects, animals and human body forms and expressions are carefully and meticulously reflected in the bronze figures.

Often an Empire clock was accompanied by a matching pair of candelabra or candlesticks to form a clock set.