Copy of Mid 19th C. Auguste LeMaire Mantel Clock Set

Copy of Mid 19th C. Auguste LeMaire Mantel Clock Set


France, circa 1862

An exquisite French gilt bronze clock. Maker Auguste Lemaire, France, the clock with a mother(teacher) and children praying and or learning from the bible,  dial with Roman numerals, and decorative accents depicting Greek Gods.


Auguste Lemaire founded in 1851, at 10 rue Saintonge in Paris, in the Marais district a workshop of art bronzes, producing clocks, cups, statuettes and further candelabra. He entered the Coucil of Manufacturers in 1855 and at the Universal Exhibition held in Paris in 1855, he was awarded a medal of second class. He cast Meditation by A. Schoenewerke (1820-1885), Leonardo da Vinci and Benvenuto Cellini by A.E. Carrier- Belleuse (1824-1887), Cyprian nursing Love by J.E. Marcellin (1821-1884) (exhibited at the Salon of 1863) and Daphnis and Chloe by M. Moreau (1822-1912). In 1862, Lemaire extended his business to 121 rue Vieille-du-Temple while keeping his workshop in rue Saintonge. According to Alfred de Champeaux (1833-1903), inspector of Fine Arts of the City of Paris, Lemaire produced andirons, candelabra and chandeliers after Robert Brothers’ models in the Renaissance or Henri II style, as well as Louis XVI style clock sets. The company was then taken over by E. Lhose.

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