French Ormolu and Porcelain Panel Mantel Clock

French ormolu mantel clock standing on ornate feet with raised base surrounded by acanthus leaf decoration, inset painted porcelain panels featuring cherubs and heavenly bodies.

Pink porcelain dial with Roman numerals and original hands. The clock surmounted by a figure of Cupid with his bow, the sides with inset floral porcelain panels and lions head ring handles.
Eight day movement striking the hours and halves on a silvered bell signed ‘Japy Freres’. C.1870

The clockmaking dynasty of Japy Freres was started in 1806 by Fredric Japy and carried on by his sons Pierre and Louis, in their home town of Beacourt in France.

The company became known for producing reliable, quality clocks and watches and expanded rapidly becoming one of the most prolific makers. The business continued until the late 1930’s.

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