King Louis Philippe I Sèvres Porcelain Mantel Clock

  • Commissioned by the penultimate King of France, this mantle clock exudes royal luxury
  • As functional as it is beautiful, the clock's porcelain plaques hail from the Sèvres factory
  • Designed by Jean-Charles-François Leloy, this clock once resided in Château Saint-Cloud
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Item No. 31-5711

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Originally commissioned by King Louis Philippe I of France for his Palace of Saint Cloud, this magnificent mantel clock is a horological marvel. As functional as it is beautiful, the clockwork features a fourteen-day running train with a Graham escapement and three spring drums — one for the going train, one for the striking, and one for the quarter-hour strikes. Two deep-blue Bréguet minute hands rest on the dial.

The pendulum serves as the focal point of this large clock, exquisitely decorated with porcelain plaques from the Sèvres factory. Intended for the dining hall at Saint-Cloud, a large central “repas antique” scene captures a Classical era feast, mirroring the grand dining affairs of royalty. Flora and fauna motifs in bas-relief biscuit porcelain chase the arcading gilt and patinated bronze bands, and the apex of the clock is crowned by a bust of Apollo. Every inch of this elegant clock exudes a luxurious sophistication unquestionably fit for royalty. 

This remarkable artistry was accomplished by the visionary Jean-Charles-François Leloy, a renowned designer at the Sèvres factory for nearly three decades. Between 1818 and 1844, he created multiple commissions for the king, including the original Ordinaire Fontainebleau dinner service and the famed Clodion vases at the Louvre.

Dated 1842
King Louis Philippe I Sèvres Porcelain Mantel Clock
Period: 19th Century
Origin: France
Type: Mantel Clocks
Depth: 12.0 Inches
Width: 20.0 Inches
Height: 40.0 Inches
King Louis Philippe I Sèvres Porcelain Mantel Clock
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