Antiques Corner by Patrick Van de Vorst

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THIS week we valued an ormolu and painted glass architectural-style mantel clock.

This clock was originally retailed by Bernard of Paris, with movement by Thomas Rodel, Paris, circa 1870.

This is a gilt metal case (ormolu or doré bronze) with an arched gold pediment, two birds at a fountain above and a Sevres-style reverse painted tympanum of flowers within a gilt wreath.

The upper case sits on a bold, floridly-worked gilt base of sea serpents and fenestrated scroll work, all finally resting on 
gilt extended animal paw feet.

Another painted blue panel with a central rose and wreath sits in the front of the base.

Upon the dial there is a Sevres-style celeste blue front-painted panel with two cupids seen in the lower section and 
the white-painted dial above.

There are Roman hour numerals with an open dotted minute track, a colourful floral wreath around the central arbor and gilt metal hands done in the style seen during the period of Napolean lll (1830-1870).

This clock is of the Classical French round solid-brass plate movement, signed ‘Rodel 456’.

This clock is in extremely good condition, with no breaks to the glass or dial, rendering it an extremely valuable piece.

Our specialists valued it at £1,600-£2,000.