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French Champlevé Enamel and Ormolu Figural Mantle Clock, retailed by Theodore B. Starr & Co., New York, made by Dufaud & Henry, Paris, ca. 1880

French Champlevé Enamel and Ormolu Figural Mantle Clock, retailed by Theodore B. Starr & Co., New York, made by Dufaud & Henry, Paris, ca. 1880

Item Description:


19.5"€ ormolu and champlevé enamel undulating figural mantel clock surmounted by a gilt Cupid in the waves above a black, white, blue and gold champlevé enamel base which rests on the centrally placed clock dial. The dial is surrounded with similar champlevé enamel decoration, ormolu shell and floral mounts above and and a light color champlevé enamel plaque below with the base embellished with scrolled gilt god heads and acanthus leaf ormolu all sitting on extended lion paw feet. The sides of the case are similarly ornamented.


A two part dial with blue champlevé enamel dial center while the gilt main dial has a Roman hour chapter with gilt decoration throughout and classic steel French Roman hands. Around the perimeter of the dial are the words "€œTheodore B Starr"€.


A round solid plate brass movement powered by two barrel springs of eight day duration and striking a coiled gong on the hour and half hour. Two markings on the rear plate are noteworthy: in the upper right is the name "Henry, Paris" in an oval cameo while on the left is a marking with the name "Dufaud, Paris 318". There is a short pendulum and bob hanging from a spring at the back of the movement.


Clock is in running and striking condition but in need of cleaning. There is expected wear on the hour chapter of the dial and oxidation mainly to the back of the case along with some small areas of darkening on the front as seen on the right acanthus leaf gilt foot. Please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report.

About The Artist:

Dufaud worked ca. 1870 in Rue De Saintonge, Paris while while Clement Henry worked ca. 1870 in Rue Ste.-Geneviève. Both men were clockmakers, working individually in Paris. They both contributed in some manner to the production and export of this clock to America. Theodore B. Starr & Co. was a top of the line jeweler and retailer in New York City, much like Tiffany and Company. They were in business from 1877-1900. On December 20, 1890, The New York Times remarked on the T.B. Starr store and its offerings: "All that refined taste can do has been done to make the place attractive. The appointments are in keeping with the character of the goods, for which this store is well known, and the articles are shown in a way that makes it a real pleasure to examine them."


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