Antique Orientalist Style Marble Bronze and Champleve Enamel Clock Ganiture
This French mantel clock garniture in the Orientalist style comes from La Compganie des Marbres Onyx d'Algerie (Company of Marble and Onyx of Algeria).
It dates from circa 1880 and is crafted from black slate, Algerian red marble and onyx stone, and features inlaid enamel in the champleve technique with gilt bronze mounts. The dial is inscribed MARBRES ONYX D'ALGERIE/BV des ITALIENS 24/ PARIS. The movement is stamped JAPY FRERES GDE MED D'HONNEUR also PLTRE 271 and 41. Clock measures 17 x 15 x 7 in.
Formed in 1858, the firm became famous across Europe for their designs utilizing onyx stone from quarries in Algeria, and for the incorporation of champleve style enamel decorations. They exhibited at the Universal Expositions of 1862, 1867 and 1871. They also produced artwork for the sculptors Albert Carrier-Belleuse, Charles Cordier and Louis Ernest Barrias.