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A French 19th century Louis XVI st. ormolu jeweled clock, by Marti

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An extremely elegant and high quality French 19th century Louis XVI st. ormolu jeweled clock, by Marti. Raised by fine topie feet below a mottled border with a beautiful recessed foliate band and rinceau shaped designs. The enameled dial displays... — Read More

  • Item # 10595
  • H: 21.5 in L: 11.25 in D: 6.75 in

    H: 55 cm L: 29 cm D: 17 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Ormolu
  • Louis XVI st. Read More
  • (Louis XVI st.) - Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution. Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism. King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks. Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins. Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
  • Samuel Marti Read More
  • Samuel Marti A renowned clockmaker in Paris in the second half of the 1800s, established his business in 1841 in Montbéliard, northeast France that was the birthplace of many of the most prestigious clockmakers. Marti exhibited his clocks regularly at expositions in Paris, where he won a Mention of Honour in 1839, a Bronze Medal in 1860, a Silver Medal in 1889, and several Gold Medals (1841, 1851, 1852, 1900). A reproduction of the Bronze Medal from 1860 was added to the company’s creations from 1867 to 1900. During the 1860s he collaborated with another two celebrated French clockmakers: Roux and Japy Frères.
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