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" floor clock evokes the era of the 19th centuy
when the absolutism of the monarchy gave to the rise of
"the Citizen King," Louis Philippe (1830-48), whose
rule saw the nation prosper and the ascendancy of the middle
class. Thanks to a growing market for consumer goods, fashion
of the day was reflected it's exuberance for the Industrial
In furniture, the most striking elements of the Louis Philippe
style are the very clean, simple lines and wide ogee doucine
moldings used as moldings, often curved on the ends as well.
Feet and brackets terminate in scrolls, and hardware was used
sparingly and consisted primarliy of metal escutcheons or
keyholes on the faces of drawers and doors.
" model shows a graceful play of straight and curve
lines. The crown molding, which echoes the base, gently swoops
toward the center, with the uppper section of the door echoing
it, while below, the inside bottom door shape reflects this
curve. Simple half-ronded turned pilasters adorn the outside
edges of the solid cherry clock case. The rich finish
complements the aged brass of the simple key escutcheon on the