clock in front of a mirror surrounded by two vases

Unique collection of original French mantel clocks

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in French Riviera is a famous landmark and a museum. It has a wonderful collection of porcelain and furniture. However, its collection of old clocks deserves a mention as well.

gilt bronze antique clock
Gilt bronze clock by Viger, Paris
Antique wooden clock with bronze details

Photo Gallery, Mantel Clocks

When you visit this historic Tuscan type palace, you will notice the amazing timepieces in every room. Apparently, French masters were the first to come up with the clock design to sit on top of mantels or other shelves.

Clock dial with Roman numerals and Zodiac names
Clock mounted on a wooden base with a rooster figure at the top

Antique clocks are everywhere – on top of old dressers, mantels, on the walls. These clocks are made by skilled craftsmen using the best materials and techniques of the time. The clockmakers used gold and gilt bronze. The art surrounding the clock was made by famous artists. Accuracy was important and the horologists competed to come up with the most reliable mechanism.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is very close to Nice on Cote d’Azur and is a great museum to spend an afternoon and immerse oneself in history.

Old French clock with a bronze swan
Composition with a clock and two marble figurines
Fine late 18th-century French clock by Breant, Paris
Antique weather station with barometer and a clock
Porcelain figure of the wild bore and old bronze clock on top of it
Antique French clock with bronze and marble
Antique clock with porcelain figurines and flowers
Bourges a Paris clock with porcelain flowers
French clock with a figure of rhinoceros at the base and monkey at the top
An amazing gilt bronze old clock
Old French clock set in marble
Exceptional old clock by Chopin a Paris
Unusual antique clock with roman numbers
Old clock at the Villa Ephrussi Rothschild

   28.06.2024  by FPImages


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