Louis XVI Marble Mantel Clock by Jean-Nicolas Schmit

  • This Louis XVI period mantel clock is from Parisian clockmaker Jean-Nicolas Schmit
  • This mantel clock features neoclassical details set into marble and ormolu
  • Named a maître-horloger, or master clockmaker, in 1781. Schmit stands apart for his artistic designs
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A horologic masterpiece of precision and beauty, this neoclassical marble and ormolu mantel clock is an extraordinary example of late 18th-century French clockmaking by the famed Jean-Nicolas Schmit of Paris. In this treasure, two ormolu-gilded pillars emerge from the base to brace the central clock’s face. A pendulum hangs, featuring blue, red and white detailing encircling a central classical profile. Crowned by a miniature gilt figure of the goddess Athena, who wears classical dress and carries a shield emblazoned with the face of Medusa, the mantle clock exudes a neoclassical luxury.

Regarded as one of the most masterful Parisian clockmakers of his period, Schmit is remembered best for his clocks in the luxurious Louis XVI style. Selected as a maître-horologer in August 1781, Schmit’s timepieces are distinguished by their artistic design and technical quality.

Late 18th century

15 7/8" wide x 6 1/8" deep x 21 3/8" high
Louis XVI Marble Mantel Clock by Jean-Nicolas Schmit
Period: 18th Century
Origin: France
Type: Mantel Clocks
Depth: 6.13 Inches
Width: 15.88 Inches
Height: 21.38 Inches
Louis XVI Marble Mantel Clock by Jean-Nicolas Schmit
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