A eight-days going train with anchor escapement. Striking train with locking-plate.
On a fire-gilt plinth, a large bale of cotton serves as housing for the clockwork. Mercury, the god of trade and easily identified by his caduceus, petasus and talaria [winged staff, winged helmet and winged sandals] leans over the merchandise holding up a purse. On the left side of the bale, an anchor and a barrel represent trade and shipping.
At the front of the plinth a relief with putti involved in various aspects of trade. A ship is being loaded, cargo is weighed and everything is neatly recorded. On the truncated corners small appliques of scales and stationary. This type of mantel clock with an allegory on trade and shipping was very popular around 1810. They were made to the taste and fads of their future owners. There are several versions known. A very similar specimen, albeit with a negro slave instead of Mercury, is depicted in “Vergoldete Bronzen”. That mantel clock ‘au bon sauvage’ was made by Michel in Paris in 1808, as can be derived from a drawing of that date from the Bibliothèque National.
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