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A Monument to Love: A French Marble Clock by Rollin of Paris

If you have a special wedding anniversary coming up or are looking for a special or unsuual gift for your loved one, then Raffety may have the perfect antique clock that will fit the bill. This antique clock signed by French clockmakers Rollin of Paris, stands 14 inches tall and dates to about 1875. French design is always elegant & often flamboyant, and the Belle Epoque was a period when the arts and design flourished in Paris and France. This hour-striking mantel clock is a wonderful example of this era.

White Marble & Gilt Clock by Rollin of Paris, circa 1875

The elegant white marble case, inspired by the age of Louis XV as well as Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, is applied with a profusion of gilt foliate decoration. Gilt cornucopia seem to spill down the sides of the clock, while delicate bows and a foliate band surround the central dial and the base.

Detail of Gilt Cornucopia

The overall symbolism seems to be of abundance and also love, for the case is surmounted by a bow and arrow within a tied ribbon, a symbol of Cupid. The white enamel dial with Arabic numerals is fully signed and has delicately pierced gilt hands.

Detail of Gilt Ribbon with Bow & Arrow Crowning the Clock

The French firm of clockmakers, Rollin á Paris, took over from Domange in 1840 and from 1870 were established at Rue de Dunkerque, Paris. Rollin were known to make fine mantel and table clocks, often inspired by 18th century examples, and employed a variety of styles in their designs including ormolu, marble and Sevres porcelain.

Detail of Clock Face and Scroll and Foliate Decoration to the Clock

This marvellous clock would look stunning on a mantelpiece, in a library or boudoir. With a hint of the feminine in its decorative style, it is also sophisticated and stylish in equal measure.

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This entry was posted on November 16, 2020 by in 19th century, antiques, clockmakers, clocks, France, French clocks, marble, Paris, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , .


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