Louis XVI-Style Boulle Bracket Clock

  • This entire bracket clock is enclosed in a case of impeccable Boulle marquetry
  • Boulle marquetry was introduced by André Charles Boulle during the reign of Louis XIV
  • The exterior of the clock is adorned with a lavish tortoiseshell and brass veneer
  • Dore bronze mounts depicting the figures of Apollo and Minerva and caryatids add drama to the design
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Item No. 28-9338

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This commanding 19th-century French bracket clock is adorned with a lavish tortoiseshell and brass veneer in the Boulle style. Enhancing the marquetry are incredible doré bronze mounts including the figures of Apollo and Minerva, caryatids, floral garlands and horses. The use of such extravagant materials denotes that this clock could only have been afforded by one of great wealth and stature.

The production of these extraordinary bracket clocks flourished during the 18th and 19th centuries in France due to royal and aristocratic patronage. French clocks, considered primarily decorative objects, proved to be far more ornate than their English counterparts. Boulle marquetry, introduced by André Charles Boulle during the reign of Louis XIV, was favored for adorning furnishings and decorative objects like this clock because of its extravagance, beauty and uniqueness. 

Circa 1850

23 1/2" wide x 10 1/8" deep x 44 1/4" high
Louis XVI-Style Boulle Bracket Clock
Period: 19th Century
Origin: French
Type: Bracket
Depth: 10.13 Inches
Width: 23.5 Inches
Height: 44.25 Inches

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