After the rediscovery of the ancient Roman cities, Herculaneum and Pompeii (1709 and 1738, respectively), Neoclassical themes became popular. During the reign of Louis XVI, these elements were often paired with themes from nature to form highly carved pieces of furniture, such as this antique clock case. Hand-carved circa 1890 from oak, the shapely clock is referred to as a demoiselle. The original finish has been bleached, allowing the supple curves and intricate carvings to gain prominence.
A large white clock face with blue numerals can be seen behind a circular pane of glass surrounded by raised molding adorned with cordate leaf tips. Two carvings (one with a pair of flowers and the other with a fringed linenfold swag) embellish the bonnet, between a molded crown with a subtle arch and recessed galbee sides. The bonnet rests on top of an hourglass shaped trunk that is festooned with two shaped panels with floral décor. A large roundel, also surrounded by cordate leaves bulges outward beneath a door carved with a wicker basket full of flowers in front of a crinkled ribbon bow. The base is comprised of a stout rectilinear plinth with a cavetto cornice.
Our beautiful, bleached oak demoiselle clock case no longer has a functioning timing mechanism. It is a quality example of Louis XVI style furniture that will make for a fantastic decorative piece in any living room, hallway, or library.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor age separations. Traces of original finish still remain. The clock face and timing mechanisms are not functioning; the clock is now intended to be a decorative piece. Very small chip to the clock face.