A fine and rare late 18th century French ormolu mantel clock depicting the Victory of Love over Time Mathieu Le Jeune

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A fine and rare late 18th century French ormolu mantel clock depicting the Victory of Love over Time
Mathieu Le Jeune

Sold for £ 3,000 (US$ 3,563) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

12 Dec 2012, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A fine and rare late 18th century French ormolu mantel clock depicting the Victory of Love over Time
Mathieu Le Jeune
Surmounted by the figure of Cupid looking down towards the earth through a telescope, a garland of flowers and quiver of arrows by his side on the same cloudy resting place, atop the head of Chronos, Father Time, his luxuriant beard cascading down either side of the signed dial, set into a shaped reeded column on a shaped base with foliate bosses on cast feet, the signed 4.5 inch white enamel dial with black Roman and Arabic numerals with pierced hands further enriched by engraved detailing, the large circular movement with flattened bottom edge and cocked arbors to a silk suspension and outside countwheel with finely shaped crossings striking on a bell 49cms (19.25ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Comparative literature: Niehauser, French bronze clocks, Schiffer 1999, plate 201:

    Mathieu le Jeune was working in Paris 1769-89.
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A fine and rare late 18th century French ormolu mantel clock depicting the Victory of Love over Time Mathieu Le Jeune
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