A third quarter 19th century French Algerian onyx, gilt bronze and champlevé enamel clock garniture by La Compagnie des Marbres et Onyx d'Algérie
Lot 253
A third quarter 19th century French Algerian onyx, gilt bronze and champlevé enamel clock garniture by La Compagnie des Marbres et Onyx d'Algérie
Sold for £4,750 (US$ 7,761) inc. premium

Lot Details
A third quarter 19th century French Algerian onyx, gilt bronze and champlevé enamel clock garniture
by La Compagnie des Marbres et Onyx d'Algérie
the case surmounted by an urn on stand, and flanked by scrolling mounts, the front with a glazed ceramic profile portrait of a Renaissance noblewoman, mounted with laurel garlands, raised on a plinth base above four paw feet, the dial signed MARBRES ET ONYX D'ALGERIE B. des Italiens 24 PARIS, the twin train movement striking on a bell and stamped JAPY FRERES, the garniture four branch candelabra of similar design, lacking pendulum, the clock 46.5cm high (3)

Footnotes

  • Algerian Onyx was discovered in 1849 and by the third quarter of the 19th century was particularly fashionable for use in clocks and other decorative objects. In 1878 the Societe de Marbres Onix D'Algerie, under the directorship of Eugene Cornu, had a an impressive stand at the Exposition Universelle where they exhibited a large selection of clocks and other wares.
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