Mantel and Table Clocks

Mantle set

    Mantle set


    circa 1885

    Bontems Ch. & Co.

    Bronze, enamel, steel, brass, glass; сhampleve enamel, gilding, casting, mechanical work

    96 x 56 x 33 cm

    On small dials: “SILENT”, “EACH HOUR”, “MUSIC”, “SILENT”, BIRD ”,“ CHACH HOUR ”, on the bird’s movement drum and the clock rear side:“3175”


    Mantle set is comprised of a clock and two candlesticks in the style of Louis XVI. The clock is mounted in rectangular case on a profile base made of gilded bronze. A singing bird with the plumage of black, turquoise, green, blue and yellow colors under the branches with leaves of carved metal, among dry plants and flowers on the lakeshore in the evening light is in the niche under the arch. The bird sings every half hour, its wings and tail move at the same time, the beak opens and closes. A key hole with the key for winding the bird’s movement is on the right hand side.
    The clock movement with pendulum, lever escapement, two spring engines, half an hour chime on gong, accompanied by the singing of a bird and performance of one of eight tunes. Musical movement with sound comb, cylinder for eight tunes, spring motor with a key hole on the right side is mounted inside the base. Candlesticks with five horns. The key is in the set.