Antique Bronze Mantel Clock and Candelabra Set. Japy Freres. France, Circa 1900

Stylish bronze clock and candelabra set. The clocks movement is signed by Japy Freres and works fine.



Gorgeous antique bronze mantel clock and candelabra set, with Japy Freres movement and made in France circa 1900. This amazing piece of decoration stands out for its quality, its fine and stylized design and the good working order which shows the clock, which also chimes the hour and the quarters. The bronze case is circular in shape and stands on a triangular pedestal flanked by slim bronze scrolls and branches which intertwine creating fanciful symmetrical shapes. The dial is white, with black Roman numerals and golden Louis-XV-style hands. It is crowned by a bronze Pompeiian-style vase, a truly beautiful detail. The candelabra show a similar design, with a circular base framed by symmetrical scrolls, a long stem adorned with bronze leaves and three curved arms each with vegetal-style decoration. This wonderful antique bronze mantel clock and candelabra set with Japy Freres movement will really shine on the most elegant sideboard or mantelpiece. An old-time and gorgeous piece, worthy of the most stylish dining room. Dimensions: Clock: Width: 9.45 in / 24 cm. Height: 15 in / 38 cm. Depth: 5.5 in / 14 cm. Candelabra: Width: 5.5 in / 14 cm. Height: 12.6 in / 32 cm. Depth: 4.72 in / 12 cm.History of Japy Freres Frédéric Japy (1749-1812) was a pioneer in the "art" of industrialization and manufacturing, not only watches/ clocks, but of manufacturing in general. Watches/ clocks were made individual, by hand, by one or more people and then assembled. Like Ford did with cars, starting production lines for cars, at one place concentrated, Japy did the same around 1770-1812 by manufacturing pocketwatches and clocks in basic production lines at one place concentrated at Beaucourt (his native town) in France. In very short time the production was more then double the usual way. In 1806 three of his sons (Pierre,"Fritz" and Louis) took over the business and founded the trademark "Japy Freres". The "golden age" to the japy freres dynasty was during the 1850-1930 years, by manufacturing watches/ clocks that the "common man" could buy. Japy Freres also created the machines or modified machines to do this. Because of production amount/ speed and lower prices Japy Freres got many contracts by different army's to deliver watches and clocks.

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