A mid 19th Century French Empire ormolu and bronze novelty mantel clock, Cupid as a charioteer Anonymous
Lot 277
A mid 19th Century French Empire ormolu and bronze novelty mantel clock, Cupid as a charioteer Anonymous
Sold for £1,500 (US$ 2,363) inc. premium

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A mid 19th Century French Empire ormolu and bronze novelty mantel clock, Cupid as a charioteer Anonymous
A mid 19th Century French Empire ormolu and bronze novelty mantel clock, Cupid as a charioteer
Anonymous
Having a 2.5-inch enamel Roman dial, the two-train movement, striking on a bell, the case surmounted by a bronze Putti bearing reins, the case in the form of a rococo sleigh style chariot pulled by winged birds on an oval platform raised on scrolling feet, with related mechanism. Lacking key 33cm high,

Footnotes

  • The Empire period of clock making borrowed heavily from the Classics, the chariot clocks,or "pendules au char", were thought to have been encouraged by Napoleon as symbols of the glorification of war.
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