Sevres French Porcelain Antique
Cherub Putti Maiden Mantel Clock - 1860/1870's
Antique French Cherub/Maiden Clock with what may be
Sevres porcelain panels. Movement stamped “S. Marti et
Cie Medaille de Bronze” in a circle. Samuel Marti was
awarded the Bronze Medal in 1860.
with serial number 2457 a low number indicating to me
that it dates to 1860’s early 1870’s. I am no clock
expert; used following Internet link to estimate date of
Samuel Marti et Cie were well known clock makers in
Paris in the mid eighteenth century. In 1860 it's known
that the premises were situated at Le Pays de
Montbeliard and in 1863 Marti worked with two other well
known clock maker's Roux and Japy Freres in promoting
their clock movements.
Clock has what may be Sevres hand painted porcelain
panels that are 100% free of chips, cracks or repairs.
The dial is in remarkable condition for a clock going on
150 years. Most dials are chipped by the winding arbors
and have loss to gold paint, paintings, and numbers as
well as hairline cracks. Not the case here! The back of
porcelain dial is signed several times in what looks
like French followed by the number 2457 painted on it. I
have provided a picture of the signatures for you to
read as I cannot make out what it says.
The porcelain panels are done in Sevres celestie blue
color background with hand painted cherubs on sides and
a maiden in the center panel. Each panel is a miniature
painting masterpiece; the contrast of colors picked in
The wonderful case is of gilded spelter. The back of the
case is incised 6 P H MOUREY 72. P.H.Mourey put his name
and numbers to the case of this wonderful French mantle
clock. Maybe the 6 representing the month of June and 72
the year 1872? P.H. Mourey designed the case, while
Samuel Marti, a foremost clock maker of the time, made
the movement. Both at the top of their professions. This
was the coming together of the "artist" and the
“perfectionist clockmaker". Both French, both at their
height of fame, and both superbly in tune with the
desire for quality and design.
The clock movement is an 8 day time and strike that
chimes on a bell every half and full hour. The clock has
been serviced by a professional clock-smith and keeps
perfect time. Like all antique French clocks it will
need to be leveled and adjusted after shipping. Pendulum
not original, key may be a replacement. The clock stands
12 1/4" tall, is 10 1/4" long, and 3 1/2" wide.
At almost 150 years old the clock does show signs of its
passage through time. The gilding has darkened in
places. The adorable Cherub/Maiden statue on top may
have been painted long ago. There is an old repair by
the screw on right front bottom panel by arrow in photo
that you have to look for (does not show up in photo).
The adorable cherub/putti theme is of one posed forever
gazing down over time into its eternal book of love
making sure all the names of its loved ones have been
written and ready to write more.
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Sevres French Porcelain Antique Cherub Putti Maiden Mantel Clock
1860 - 1870's Antique French Cherub/Maiden Clock with what may be
Sevres porcelain panels