Napoleon III Ormolu and Sevres Porcelain Clock Set


Antique Napoleon III Ormolu and Sevres Porcelain Clock Set.
Marked C.Chrétien Paris on the movement.

France, circa 1870

67 cm high, 33 cm wide (candelabra, six-light)
76 cm high x 40 cm wide x 27 deep (clock)

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This opulent Sevres Porcelain Clock Set dates from the reign of Emporer Napoleon III. The clock set comprises a large centerpiece and a pair of smaller candelabra.

The centerpieces grand blue and white glazed Sevres porcelain urn, with lid and handles, has a central painting of Ceres holding a cornucopia. She is seated in a chariot and pulled by cherubs through fluffy clouds. The scene is bordered in matt and burnished gold. The vase stands on a gold ormolu bronze base which is hung with golden fruits echoing the harvest theme of plenty and cherub masks, standing on powerful paw feet.

The porcelain dial has gold on white Roman numerals within rich blue glazed border and around a central scene of cherubs playing.

The Sevres Porcelain Clock Sets Candelabra share this neo-classical ornament, the vases are smaller and six gilt foliate candelabra arms issue from the lids. The Candelabras are supported on smaller more delicate griffin legs beautifully cast and gilt in bronze.

Most noteworthy of this opulent Napoleon III Sevres porcelain clock set is the porcelain. It uses beautiful Sevres style porcelain inspired by the grand masterpieces of the Vincennes factory of the 18th century. The decoration is neo-classical with flourishes of Napoleon III style.


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Much of the architecture and street design of modern Paris is down to the collaboration of Emperor Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann. Haussmann was commissioned to redesign Paris masterminding the great boulevards that now dominate the city center. While the Paris construction was ultimately unpopular; later and many thousands of miles away in America, Burnham and Bennett were to take inspiration for the redesign of Chicago from the new Boulevards of Paris.

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