No. 109. A very fine Louis XVI portico clock with Pallas Athena, gilt bronze and white marble, Herman à Paris. France ca. 1780.
White marble clock of eight day duration, signed on the white enamel dial Herman à Paris. The dial with black Arabic numerals for the hours and minutes and inner red Arabic numerals for the 31 days of the month, with a fine pair of gilt brass hands, blued steel pointer for the day date indication. The movement with anchor escapement, silk thread suspension, striking on the hour and half hour on a single bell, with count wheel, with free swinging sunburst Medusa head pendulum.
On the double rectangular marble plinth, raises two marble columns, in the middle of the columns stand above the clock drum the gilt bronze goddess Pallas Athena with attributes. The fluted white marble columns, each mounted by a lion head mask with ring in its mouth, coat of arms and more gilt bronze ornaments. All elements contribute to the glorification of the goddess Athena, goddess of wisdom, the science, the city, agriculture and war.
Paris, date circa 1780. H. 82 cm.
Price € 7.500,--
Pierre Kjellberg, “Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française du Moyen Age au XXe Siècle”, 1997.
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