People (and one lion) hanging out and getting bored sitting on clocks by French master clockmaker Michel-François Piolaine who is recorded as working in Paris from 1787 to 1810.

"Pendule Portique" clock (lion detail)
“Pendule Portique” clock (lion detail), decorated with columns that simulate beams of lictors surmounted by a terrestrial globe and astrolabe, posed on plinths decorated decorated with military attributes. Base decorated with a lion surrounded by galleries. Enameled dial signed “Michel-François PIOLAINE in Paris” surmounted by a statuette of Mars. ca. 1780-1800. Louis XVI. Gilt bronze, black and white marble, and enamel. Image IVOIRE France ©2020. Fair use license. via https://www.ivoire-lyon.com/fr/lot-1552-158830-190_importante_pendule_forme_portique_br
Mantel clock (Goddess Pomona, the Roman goddess of harvest and abundance detail).
Mantel clock (Goddess detail, probably Pomona, the Roman goddess of harvest and abundance). Clock body raised by a plinth-shaped base with a relief scene portraying four putti and the clock drum containing a circular dial with a partially rubbed signature. Early 19th c. Gilt bronze and ormolu. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020, Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/clocks/mantel-clocks/empire-gilt-bronze-mantel-clock-michel-francois-piolaine/id-f_18084411/
Mantel clock (Reading lady detail). The clock having an ormolu drum case surmounted by a cast ormolu eagle with a relief below showing two putti holding a bird under a sunburst flanked by two patinated bronze figures, a writing boy and a reading lady. Marble and ormolu base with gadroon feet and with putti holding a mask among scrolling garlands,  flanked by two medallions with female masks. Enamel dial, signed "Piolaine à Paris" in red with gilt brass hands.
Mantel clock (Reading lady detail). The clock having an ormolu drum case surmounted by a cast ormolu eagle with a relief below showing two putti holding a bird under a sunburst flanked by two patinated bronze figures, a writing boy and a reading lady. Marble and ormolu base with gadroon feet and with putti holding a mask among scrolling garlands, flanked by two medallions with female masks. Enamel dial, signed “Piolaine à Paris” in red with gilt brass hands. ca. 1790. Marble, brass, patinated brass, gilt brass and enamel. Image 2020 © Gude & Meis Antieke klokken. Fair use license. via
Mantel clock (putti and goddess detail). 1780-1800.
Mantel clock (putti and goddess detail). 1780-1800. Marble, gilded bronze and enamel. Acquired by President Vincent Auriol of France for presentation to the White House in 1952. Image © Collections of the White House, Washington, DC. Fair use license. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/mantel-clock/3wFaBh_sW_IjQA
Mantel clock with a profiled plinth with a relief of musician putti
Mantel clock with a profiled plinth with a relief of musician putti and a watch house flanked by putti riding dogs and eagle heads, surmounted by a coronation goddess with cornucopia that symbolize prosperity and abundance.A French Louis XVI mantel clock by M. F. Piolaine. Fire-gilded bronze and white marble. Profiled plinth with relief of musician putti. The watch house flanked by dogs riding putty and eagle heads. Coronation goddess with cornucopia symbolizing prosperity and abundance. The white enameled dial being marked “Piolaine A Paris”. ca. 1780-1790. Louis XVI. White marble, fire-gilded bronze and enamel. Image © 2008-2020 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/auctions/556/1074-bordspendyl-av-michel-francois-piolaine-mastare-i-paris-1787-louis-xvi

Jugendstil candlesticks. Jugendstil having been the Central European version of Art Nouveau. One in the Nieuwe Kunst tradition which came out of the Netherlands at around the same time.

Candlestick. 1910. Dutch.
Candlestick. 1910. Nieuwe Kunst in style, yet another take on Art Nouveau, this from the Netherlands. Brass. J. C. Stoffels, maker (1878-1952). Image courtesy Peter de Rijcke, grandson of J. C. Stoffels. Used with permission. via https://scontent.fphl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/88163906_1719826358154386_5497188728742871040_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_sid=1480c5&_nc_eui2=AeGBBVxuMfkyeHjNFmsHCvEJykFLl7etD6OvgxuG4EvCjqbNmOXT6BjCLYdXe0DfpaI6QiFmHAO2w12ls8xBHZOu36XAkl1zhPa1DPgeLrNcmg&_nc_ohc=ouwwoE3R618AX9lq_RX&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=5b953f51f5e895ea2667e70d69ca19ae&oe=5E984773
Candlesticks. 1900-1950. Bronze. Jugendstil.
Candlesticks. 1900-1950. Jugendstil. Bronze. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://www.catawiki.com/lots/5868259-two-bronze-jugendstil-candlesticks
Candelabra. ca. 1900. Jugendstil. German.
Candelabra in polished pewter, each with a crimped hexagonal base supporting open stylized flowing organic foliate centers. ca. 1900. Jugendstil. German. Pewter. Marks for Orivit and the number 2119 to the underside. Orivit, maker. Image © 1996 – 2019 GoAntiques LLC, Fair use license. via https://www.goantiques.com/ivit-jugendstil-secessionist-46682955
Candlesticks, especially designed with the round ball weight to keep the candlestick from being knocked over.
Cantilever candlesticks, especially designed with the round ball weight to keep the candlestick from being knocked over and to be safely carried in the hand to be set down. ca. 1900. German. Jugendstil. Copper and brass. Carl Deffner Esslingen, maker. Marks: Underside stamped “CDE” within a shield with two crossed halberds. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers and The Pedestal, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/66239428_pair-of-german-jugendstil-copper-and-brass-candlesticks

Novelty water creature design inkwells. All Late Victorian and metallic.

Novelty crocodile/alligator inkwell. ca. 1890.
Novelty crocodile/alligator inkwell with a hinged lid that lifts to reveal two removable ceramic ink chambers and an additional place to keep pen nibs and sealing wax. ca. 1890. Late Victorian. Cast bronze. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/inkwells/antique-english-crocodile-alligator-inkwell-desk-tidy-circa-1880/id-f_12516862/
Lobster ink well. Probably ca. 1900.
Lobster ink well with the middle section of the shell lifting up to reveal ink pots. Probably ca. 1900. Brass. Image © C&T Auctioneers, Tunbridge Wells and Metropress Ltd, (t/a Auction Technology Group). Fair use license. via https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/candt-auctioneers/catalogue-id-srct10012/lot-0b6c8cdb-f045-4a62-b40a-a4570184cb91
Crab inkwell with lid that opens to a clear glass inkpot. ca. 1900-1910. Art Nouveau
Crab inkwell with lid that opens to a clear glass inkpot and another held between the claws. ca. 1900-1910. Art Nouveau in style. American. Cast patinated bronze. Tiffany Studios, maker. Impressed with the Tiffany Studios Decorating Company monogram and also numbered 20″. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/desk-accessories/inkwells/crab-inkwell-tiffany-studios/id-f_11279663/

Glories out of the 18th century all gilded up to decorate your home. All part of a service made for Duke Charles Alexander of Lorraine who was a first cousin of French Queen Marie Antoinette. Pieter Jozef Fonson and Jakob van der Donck, creators.

Surtout de table (ornamental centerpiece) made for  Duke Charles Alexander of Lorraine
Surtout de table (ornamental centerpiece) made for Duke Charles Alexander of Lorraine. 1755-94. Porcelain with gold, wood, and brass. Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Cc0 license 4.0. via https://www.khm.at/en/objectdb/detail/555867/?pid=2323&back=862&offset=12&lv=listpackages-5500
Jug made for the Duke Karl Alexander of Lorraine.
Jug made for the Duke Karl Alexander of Lorraine. 1755-94. Porcelain and gold. Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Cc0 License 4.0. via https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/15502/KK_1269.html
Sauciere made for the Duke Karl Alexander of Lorraine. 18th c.
Sauciere made for the Duke Karl Alexander of Lorraine. 18th c. Porcelain and gold. Collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Cc0 License. 4.0. via https://www.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/15502/KK_1274.html

Antique sundials from the collections of the Landesmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany.

Hollow sundial with scales located on the inside of a hexagonal cup. Also marked with zodiac signs shows the monthly changing length of day and night, while the twelve houses in the sky in which the sun is located have been given horoscope scales. 1600.
Hollow sundial with scales located on the inside of a hexagonal cup. Also marked with zodiac signs shows the monthly changing length of day and night, while the twelve houses in the sky in which the sun is located have been given horoscope scales. 1600. German. Gilded brass. Collection of the Landesmuseum, Stuttgart. Cc0 license. via via https://www.landesmuseum-stuttgart.de/sammlung/sammlung-online/dk-details/?object_id=10019
Sundial from the estate of Duke Frederick I of Württemberg. 1596.
Sundial from the estate of Duke Frederick I of Württemberg. Archimedean, is composed of 18 squares and eight triangles. 1596. Wood and iron. Signed “LVDOVICVS HÖHENFELDER ANNO CHR [ISTI] 1596.” Collection of the Landesmuseum, Stuttgart. Cc0 license. via https://www.landesmuseum-stuttgart.de/sammlung/sammlung-online/dk-details/?object_id=10016
Equatorial sundials with mechanical minute display.
Equatorial sundials with mechanical minute display. 1720-25. Silver, brass, glass, and iron. Johann Martin Willebrand, maker (1642-1721). Collection of the Landesmuseum, Stuttgart. Cc0 license. via https://www.landesmuseum-stuttgart.de/sammlung/sammlung-online/dk-details/?object_id=10098

Novelty nib wipes with bristles to wipe the extra ink off of your fountain pen. From Victorian times. So much more interesting were their desk accessories than ours. All we have is computer mice and plastic pens but they had everything.

Lobster pen wipe. ca. 1880.
Lobster pen wipe. ca. 1880. Brass. Head lifts off to reveal the bristles. English. Image © 2019 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/678029742/rare-antique-english-pen-nib-wipe-in?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=antique+pen+wipe&ref=sr_gallery-1-5&frs=1
Pig nib wipe. Antique. Pewter.
Pig nib wipe. Victorian. Pewter. Maker not known. Image © Skinner & Hyde, United Kingdom. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerandhyde.co.uk/product/rare-antique-pig-pen-nib-wipe-brush/
Lizard pen wipe. Antique. Austrian.
Lizard pen wipe. Antique. Bronze. Austrian. Original bristles. Small cabochon onyx replacing the missing eyes and touched up scales. Image © 2007–2019 Auctions Online USA Ltd. Fair use license. via https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/263190-antique-lizard-bronze-pen-wipe-kyratise?in=activity

Ornamentation from back when buildings got decorated up like a Christmas tree. American. Mostly doorknobs. Amazing what they did with them. So much more fun to use when they are shaped like the family pet.

Eagle doorknob for the front door. ca. late 19th c.
Eagle doorknob for the front door. ca. late 19th c. Cast brass. Mallory & Wheeler Manufacturing, New Haven, Connecticut, maker. Image © 2002-2019 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/67644751_rare-mw-eagle-knob-with-triangle-plate
Rosette or medallion, salvage from the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Building. Late 1920's.
Rosette or medallion, salvage from the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Building. Would have been set flush against a wooden door casing. Late 1920’s. Neoclassical in style. Cast bronze. Hall, Lawrence & Ratcliffe, architects. Bronze fabricator not known. Image © 2019 Urban Remains. Fair use license. via https://www.urbanremainschicago.com/one-of-two-historically-important-ornamental-cast-bronze-flush-mount-petaled-floral-rosette-or-medallion-salvaged-from-the-cook-county-criminal-courthouse-building.html
Doorknob in a dog design. 1869.
Doorknob in a dog design. 1869. Brass. Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Company, maker, New Britain, Connecticut. Image © 2019 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/98567352/antique-salvage-1869-russell-erwin