Decorative little people stuck sitting on the bric-a-brac and wanting to go out to dinner. All of these by Maison Denière of Paris. An important manufacturer of decorative bronze, their work appeared at the Exposition Universelle of 1855.

"Sappho"(detail)
“Sappho”(detail). Silvered and gilded bronze statuette of Sappho, the Greek poetess of antiquity which surmounts a mantle clock. Pierre Alexandre Schoenewerk, sculptor. Image © 2007 Galerie Marc Maison. Fair use license. via https://www.marcmaison.com/objets-d-art-19th-century-paintings-and-furniture/clocks-garnitures/maison-deniere-napoleon-iii-style-fireplace-insert-in-gilded-silver-bronze-and-onyx-11646
Marble figural jardinière. ca. 1870.
Marble figural jardinière. Rouge marble top supported by four git bronze putti after Clodion or Pigalle with foliate foliate garlands, on a stepped circular marble base.ca. 1870. in the Manner of Maison Denière, circa 1870. Marble and gilt bronze. In the manner of Maison Denière. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/building-garden/garden-ornaments/marble-figural-jardiniere-manner-maison-deniere-circa-1870/id-f_13807282/
Satyr and female figure, both of whom are engaged in Bacchic revelry (clock detail). Part of a set that also includes a pair of candelabra.
Satyr and female figure, both of whom are engaged in Bacchic revelry (clock detail). Part of a set that also includes a pair of candelabra. ca. 1880. Patinated bronze. Signed “Clodion,” for Claude Michel. Likely after an original marble by the 18th century French sculptor. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/clocks/mantel-clocks/ormolu-patinated-bronze-mounted-clock-set-deniere/id-f_17530611/

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/

French ormolu. Who else could make it this grand. Commodes. Late 19th and 20th century. After ébénistes Joseph Stöckel and Guillaume Benneman.

Commode à vantaux in mahogany with ormolu and Wedgwood mounts. ca. 1900.
Commode à vantaux in mahogany with ormolu and Wedgwood mounts with a marble top (detail). ca. 1900. French. François Linke, ébéniste, after the model by Joseph Stöckel and Guillaume Benneman. Marked “F Linke” with the reverse of the lockplates stamped “CT LINKE / SERRURERIE / PARIS” and “904”. Ceramic plaques impressed “Wedgwood” to the reverse. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/francois-linke-after-the-model-by-joseph-5835805-details.aspx
Commode in the style of Louis XV. After Joseph Stöckel and Guillaume Benneman. 20th c.
Commode in the style of Louis XV. After Joseph Stöckel and Guillaume Benneman. (detail) 20th c. Piano black polished veneer on solid oak and pine and decorated with bronze and round paintings. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/storage-case-pieces/commodes-chests-of-drawers/20th-century-louis-xv-style-commode-joseph-stockel/id-f_6718933/
Gilt-bronze mounted commode à vantaux.
Gilt-bronze mounted commode à vantaux (detail). ca. 1890. Louis XVI in style, after a model By Guillaume Benneman and Joseph Stöckel. Gilt-bronze mounts stamped stamped “KAHN” to the reverse. Bronze mounts by Léon Kahn. Image © Adrian Alan Fine Art and Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.adrianalan.com/object-detail/828732/18888/leon-kahn-a-fine-louis-xvi-style-gilt?utm_source=Adrian+Alan+Newsletter&utm_campaign=e805f19404-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_13_11_20_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_489f6a3c53-e805f19404-240277917

 

Decorative pieces by French metalworker and manufacturer Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892), Well known as a bronze founder, his firm specialized in bronze castings and enameled household objects except for during the Franco-Prussian war when they casted cannon.

Pair of vases in the Persian style. ca. 1870.
Pair of vases in the Persian style. ca. 1870. Ormolu and champlevé enamel in vibrant colors. Each signed “F. Barbedienne Fondeur, Paris”. Louis-Constant Sévin, ornamentalist and Ferdinand Barbedienne, makers. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/extremely-rare-pair-of-ferdinand-barbedienne-ormolu-champleve-enamel-vases/id-f_16692431/
Large mounted rouge griotte gilt bronze centerpiece. Made in Paris ca. 1875.
Large mounted rouge griotte gilt bronze centerpiece. Made in Paris ca. 1875. Renaissance Revival in style decorated with the mask of Medusa beneath a shell and flanked by swirling foliate acanthus. Gadrooned rim with cast handles with thinking putti sitting on lion heads. signed “F. BARBEDIENNE”. Image © Alchetron. Fair use license. via https://alchetron.com/Ferdinand-Barbedienne
Clock set comprised of a central clock and a pair of flanking five light candelabra.
Clock set comprised of a central clock and a pair of flanking five light candelabra. 19th c. Red marble and ormolu. Signed ‘F.BARBEDIENNE, PARIS’ on the clock dial and signed “DEBOIS” on the clock base. Image © 2019 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/antique-ormolu-and-red-marble-clock-set-by-ferdinand-barbedienne
Bronze cup made in an ancient style.
Bronze cup made in an ancient style. 19th c. Bronze with cloisonné enamel. Signed by Barbedienne. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/bowls-baskets/decorative-bowls/ancient-little-bronze-cup-ferdinand-barbedienne-19th-century-france/id-f_14004502/

Gilded up angels and cherubs hanging out with clocks and hoping to be done soon. Wouldn’t you? Nineteenth century and probably all made in France.

Pendulum clock decorated with a library and scientific objects, attached to an angel.
Pendulum clock with an entablature with a frieze celebrating the arts and sciences and decorations in the motif of attached to an angel. 19th c. Gilded bronze. Maker not known. Image © Conan Hôtel d’Ainay and lotsearch.de. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.de/lot/pendule-en-bronze-cisele-et-dore-de-type-38260324?page=4&orderBy=lot-title&order=DESC
Eight day striking mantel clock. ca. 1850.
Eight day striking mantel clock with cherubs. ca. 1850. French. Bronze ormolu. Image © eBay.co.uk. Fair use license. via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/388576274093616024/?lp=true
Mantel clock. Late 19th c.
Mantel clock with a depiction of the Archangel Michael standing in a bed of roses. Louis XVI style casing decorated with porcelain plaques displaying Parisian life. Late 19th c. Gilt bronze. A. D. Mougin, maker. Image © Bruneau & Company Auctioneers, Cranston and Live Auctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/44840675_ad-mougin-french-gilt-bronze-angel-mantle-clock

Fantastical gilded creatures trying to escape from the furniture they are holding up. One with no gilding. François Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter (1770-1841). From 1796 to 1825, he oversaw one of the most successful furniture workshops in the city of Paris.

Throne of Napoleon to be used at the Senate.
Throne of Napoleon to be used at the Senate with elbow-rests that depict a pair of winged sphinxes. 1804. Shown in an exhibition at the Chateau of Versailles but is kept in the Senate conference room. Jacob-Desmalter, maker. In the public domain in the United States because the maker has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tr%C3%B4ne_de_Napol%C3%A9on_1er_pour_le_S%C3%A9nat_-_Exposition_Versailles.jpg
Gueridon.
Gueridon. with a marble top supported by three gilt-bronze female caryatids. Stretcher centered by an urn flanked by gilt-bronze sphinxes. ca. 1880. Gilt-bronze and mahogany with a Verde Antico marble top. French. in the manner of Jacob-Desmalter with the design having been derived from a “console double-face” made by Jacob-Desmalter for Caroline Murat, Napoleon’s youngest sister. Image © Adrian Alan Fine Art and Antiques. Fair use license. via https://www.adrianalan.com/object-detail/822039/0/a-fine-empire-style-gilt-bronze-and
One of a set of four armchairs.
One of a set of four armchairs. ca. 1808. Egyptian Revival in style. Mottled maple, boxwood and amaranth with upholstery. Jacob-Desmalter, maker. Signature: Stamped : JACOB. Image © Galerie Perrin. Fair use license. via http://galerieperrin.com/product/set-of-four-armchairs-by-jacob-desmalter-1770-1841/

Malachite to put in each room of your home and live in greenery forever. 1830-1850. Russian.

Urns. ca. 1830.
Urns. ca. 1830. Malachite with gilt bronze ormolu. Made to a design by Ivan Ivanovich Galberg (1782-1863). Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2019. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/vases-vessels/vases/two-russian-malachite-gilt-bronze-urns-designed-galberg/id-f_14005002/
Tazza. ca. 1840.
Large tazza. ca. 1840. Russian.Probably made in Ekaterinburg. After a design by Ivan Ivanovich Galberg. Image © Sotheby’s 2019 Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/zh/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.192.html/2016/collections-volume-one-european-decorative-arts-n09560
Pair of tazza. ca. 1830-1850.
Pair of tazza. ca. 1830-1850. Russian. Malachite veneered tazza with gilt-bronze mounts and black marble plinths. Image © Ralph Gierhards Antiques and Fine Art. Fair use license. via https://gierhards.net/en/a-pair-of-gilt-bronze-mounted-malachite-veneered-tazze/