Empire Clocks

French Empire Ormolu Bronze Clocks

Buying French Empire ormolu mantel clocks

Apollo Art & Antiques presents a fine selection of 19th century French Empire ormolu bronze mantel clocks for you to buy. In our collection you will find chariot clocks, mythological clocks and Louis XVI clocks and more. We are at your disposal to give more information about our products. So please contact us using the contact form on our page.

Ormolu Empire mantel clocks: works of art

A fine ormolu Empire mantel clock is so much more than an instrument to tell the time. 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.

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

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