A fine and rare Empire ‘Au Bon Savage’ clock, ‘The Stretcher Bearers’ by Godeby à Paris, circa 1815.
A very fine Empire gilt and patinated bronze Pendule " Aux jeunes porteuses noires ” , movement of eight day duration, housed in a superb case attributed to bronze caster Louis-Isidore Choiselat (1784-1853). The sculpture featuring two exceptional figures, blackamoors, carrying a bale of cotton surmounted by a chained musician monkey holding cane sticks in his hand. The blackamoor figures, each with enamel eyes, hoop glass earrings and ormolu dress. The patinated monkey has red enamel eyes. The stretcher rests on the shoulders of the blackamoors. The clock base has a broad horizontal band showing sculpted decorations. The clock is raised upon six feet. The white enamel dial with signature ‘Godeby à Paris’, Roman and Arabic numerals, gilt-steel Directoire style hands for the hours and minutes. The 8 day movement with anchor escapement, silk thread suspension, striking on the hour and half hours on a bell, with outside count wheel. This sculpture represents the interest and enthusiasm for life in the African overseas colonies, in particular through travelogues and novels aroused.
Amazing quality of the bronze helps in fascination and representation of the "noble savage".
Dimensions: Height 45 cm, width 34 cm, depth 10,5 cm. Price on request
La Pendulle Francaise, Pierre Kjelberg, on page 344 similar clock.
Elke Niehäuser, 'Die Französische Bronzeuhr' .
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