Desktop clock


Romantic Museum

Romantic Museum
Sitges, Barcelona, Spain

"In the XIX century to have a clock in a house was a class element, even more in the case of Can Llopis game room clock that was bought in Paris.
Social changes caused by French Revolution and the technical progresses in the XIX century made possible the assembly-line production.
The resulting reduction of prize made decorative objects affordable to wealthy class that in other times were exclusively reserved to Royalty, aristocracy and upper-class. In this context the Romanticism was developed, adding all kind of elements of other time periods, done according with the taste and technique of 1850.
Can Llopis clock that combines golden bronze in mercury with porcelain flowers, probably from Meissen, it is a rococo style reinterpretation combined with symmetrical decoration in its base, typical of Neoclassicism.

During the XVIII and XIX century, in France, especially in Paris, a series of workshops where bronze products for high society were made were developed. Once casted and chiselled bronze finished by gilder with a method called old in mercury. It is a dangerous process for the worker’s health that consists in recovering bronze with a twenty-four gold carat layer dissolved in mercury. When you heat the piece, mercury evaporates and let gold recover bronze giving it a solid gold look."


  • Title: Desktop clock
  • Creator: Anonymous
  • Date Created: 1849
  • Location: Paris
  • Physical Dimensions: 49.5 x 37.5 x 21 cm
  • Type: Clock
  • Medium: Gilt bronze and porcelain Saxon

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