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A Napoleon III ormolu mantel clock
A Napoleon III ormolu mantel clock

IN THE LOUIS XV STYLE, BY DELAFONTAINE, PARIS, CIRCA 1870

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A Napoleon III ormolu mantel clock
In the Louis XV Style, By Delafontaine, Paris, Circa 1870
The shaped case with foliate-pierced sides, surmounted by a putto with a lyre, with foliage behind, the circular white enamel dial with Roman numerals, Arabic minute divisions and pierced hands, signed DELAFONTAINE/FABT DE BRONZES/PARIS, with twin-train movement with countwheel striking on a bell, with musical trophies below and on scrolled feet, on scrolling acanthus-cast shaped base
19 in. (48.2 cm.) wide; 27¼ in. (69.1 cm.) high; 8¾ in. (22.2 cm.) deep

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The fondeur P. M. Delafontaine, active around 1860, produced work of the highest quality and was a chief competitor of the Barbedienne foundry during the second half of the 19th century.
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