“Cupid’s Chariot”, a French Empire gilt bronze figural mantel clock, Le Roy, Palais Royal à Paris, c. 1810.
A French Empire gilt bronze figural mantel clock after model by Jean-Simon Deverberie (1724–1824), the round enamel dial ring with Roman numerals is set in the wheel of a chariot.
The sculpture shows a chariot drawn by two spirited horses with enamel eyes and with a fire-breathing dragon making up its back portion, the front being composed of a shell on which Cupid stands holding a symbolic whip, rectangular base decorated with figures in relief. Elke Niehüser gives a wonderful description of the mythological representation Clock with an 8 day movement, silk suspension, striking at hours and halves on a bell. Dimensions HxWxD 49 x 46 x 15 cm. Price € 18.500,--
Pierre Kjellberg , Encyclopédie de la pendule française, page 416.
Elke Niehüser, Die Französische Bronzeuhr, page 103.
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