Lot 552: French Gilt Bronze Mechanical Falling Ball Mantle Clock
November 26, 2016
Pasadena, CA, USALive Auction
Description: 23"h. x 11.5"w. x 9.25"d. French bronze and gilt bronze Spherical Weight or "Falling Ball" mantle clock, with barometer and thermometer. Top features a bronze standing lion figure atop a cover that lifts for the deposit of balls, over a decorative frieze and glass-sided rectangular case with bottom drawer for ball storage, atop four toupie feet. Dial with enameled floral decoration and colorless jewels above a wheeled barometer, also adorned with colorless jewels; a thermometer to the left and a rotating wheel mechanism that uses the gravity of falling balls to power the clock movement in the back.
Condition Report: Excellent condition.