Ormolu 2nd Empire Era? Mantel Clock Deniere & Cailleaux Paris France 1840's
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Ormolu 2nd Empire Era? Mantel Clock Deniere & Cailleaux Paris France 1840's:
You see what they go for, send a fair & reasonable offer and make it yours!!!!!
May have been made around early to mid 2nd Empire (1848-1852). Possibly a few years earlier. Please do your research as my information may not be 100% accurate.
Louis XVI /Rococo Style Mantle clock.
Deniere & (CAILLEAUX see update below) clock marked Deniere Paris. EXQUISITE! A jaw dropper! WOW! Is what most people say when they see it.
Based on my own non-clock collector research, found that due to the mechanism that holds the pendulum appears to have been invented in 1840 and used in clocks dated to approximately 1850, we assume the clock to be made between 1840 and 1850. Note that Deniere were the makers of the ormolu/gold gilt case that holds the clocks which are made by various makers. Deniere, though their name is on the movement, they did not manufacture the movement. (this was realized when another name was revealed under the bell, which was removed in order to install the pendulum. The maker of the clock was also researched with very little info found, (I have forgotten the name at this moment, information seems very elusive) however what I did find was the maker was based in the heart of France, I believe on the oldest street in Paris and was kept busy by the rich and the Royals in the immediate area. Nonetheless... this clock has been imported from France at some point for the very rich at about the time of the American Industrial Revolution, signifying high status. This isn't grandma's mantle clock, made originally for the Royal's and the courts or government buildings. There is a Deniere clock in the White House's Blue room according to the Wik.
I have not tested this clock as I do not have the proper keys. I did, as previously mentioned figure out how to install the pendulum and tiled the clock to see if it had been left wound up but it was not. (I also read that these clocks do need regular repairs at times and is quite common. I saw one that was somewhat similar but dated about 30 years newer available for $35,000 and it was "non-working". I have been looking for a key but have thus far failed to do so. (actually there are two different keys. One for winding and another for an adjustment. (A much smaller key, see above the hour 12.)
My wife actually enjoys this clock just sitting in our living room because it reminds her of the clock visible in one of the prominent residences seen on the Days Of Our Lives TV show. Regardless, if we receive a good offer, it will find a better custodian.
I do have more pictures but at this moment can't seem to locate where I stored them.*they will reveal the name of the maker. Cosmetically the clock is quite nice. Maybe a bit dusty. There is also a glass panel on the back. It seems each clock this company made was unique as I can not find a single duplicate of any clock they made. This is quite a large clock compared to most I've seen. Great eye candy. Hopefully we can find a home with the proper setting for such an incredible clock. A place where It will continue to do what it was intended and be cared for properly.
height is about 18.25 x about 14 wide x about 8 inches in depth.
I will pack so the clock will have a safe and comfortable journey but of course will be fully insured just in case, at our expense.
*****Update! With more pictures. Note the name of the maker is CAILLEAUX! Under the makers mark is what looks like a date of 1827, which I am not sure if this signifies the date of manufacture of if that is simply an 1827 French "medal" mark? (part is missing so assuming it to be a sticker of sorts) ( I just received via THE INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF CLOCKS book, which shows a similar porcelain faced, clock made by GARNIER of Paris France that is dated 1840.) Apparently Cailleaux shows up working in 1842, this and from again what I learned was the type of mechanism that holds thependulumwas used from about the early 1840's until 1850, thus, I think it's safe to assume this clock was made between 1842 and 1850. So far, the examples I've seen with Deniere printed on the face are said to be post 1850. (mostly 1880's), I did find one other Cailleaux dated also from 1842. This posting states the maker resided at RUE Du TEMPLE Paris and was active from 1842 - 1870.