LOT NUMBER 40
A Rare & Exceptionally Fine 18th Century Marble & Ormolu Mantel Clock of Fabulous Quality. The enamelled annular chapter ring signed Richard Paris & encircling the visible movement to the centre with four hands: two of blackened steel indicating the days of the week & calendar month, and two pierced & gilded with criss-crossing arms tapering to the fleur-de-lys pointers counting the hours & minutes. The movement striking a bell and having a silk suspended pendulum finely cast with Apollo sunburst cradled in a cockerell headed C-scroll. The drum case elevated on square black marble columns and surmounted by a tall apexed pediment enriched with ornately cast ormolu trophies & beading, tapering up to the eagle surmount. The whole flanked by Carrera marble side columns embellished with rising bellflower chains set into the fluted sides and supporting two magnificent recumbent lions bearing in their mouths chains swagged from the beaks of the centre eagle. Standing on a D-ended base 29 ins (74 cms) in height, 23 ins (58.5 cms) in width.
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