Gorgeous antique French Napoleon III era 2pc 20 7/8" tall mantel clock with pedestal base or stand in an ornate Louis XVI boulle style with solid gilded bronze accenting and marvelous condition! One of my favorite clock styles, this one does run and is spectacularly beautiful as you see it. Just in from a European clock shop so you can be sure it's in fine running condition. The cover for the face is nicely hinged and swings away evenly and smoothly so you can wind both the mechanism and the chimes on the face. The enamel clock face itself is marked solely "V. Depose" (see images). The impossibly fine condition of this set, along with its large size, are its finest points. Not a chip anywhere on that beautiful old thing. Elegant boulle style veneer entirely in place both pieces, the bronze with a beautifully aged patina. The kiln-fired enamel face is without damage, and displays Roman numerals and also notes the minutes. Hands move smoothly. The clock mechanism marked by the maker, Vincenti & Wie along with the date of 1855 when they received the gold medal at the 1855 World Expo (Paris Exposition Universelle). Vincenti being one of the most well-known French clock maker working in the mid to late nineteenth century, ranking right up there with Japy Freres, Mougin, etc.. Isn't it a gorgeous old set.
Very good to excellent condition. No chips to the veneer, no loss to the cast appliques, legs, etc., and not a bit of loss to that wonderful kiln-fired enamel face, either. Compete to the key and bell, it does run but we've not monitored it for duration or accuracy (normally, these are 8-day movements). Dates to around the mid to late 1800s surely and is French, of course. Beautiful reddish color to the shell. See pictures for all measurements.