French Louis XVI Mantel Clock, la Toilette de Venus

French Louis XVI Mantel Clock, la Toilette de Venus

Price: Price on request

Offered by Kollenburg Antiquairs BV

The clockwork
Eight-day going train with anchor escapement. Striking train strikes on the hour and once on the half hour.
Dial with Roman numerals indicating the hours and Arabic numerals indicating the minutes.
Signed on the dial: Merrat Paria

A white marble plinth rests on four gilt legs. On top of that a gilt bronze base decorated with leaf motifs. The gilt housing for the clockwork is flanked by a ewer on the right and a standing Venus on the left. On top of the dome Cupid is seated on a cloud. The chasing of the gilt bronze figure is of a remarkable quality.

The theme of Venus and Cupid was popular among clockmakers. There is a variety of representations known; sometimes the child is blindfolded or punished by Venus. In other cases she breaks his bow and arrows or begs him to cease his pranks. The theme at hand, of Cupid assisting Venus making her toilet is, however, very rare. 
ca. 1775
white marble; gilt bronze
Merrat Paria
41 x 16 x 35 cm

Offered by

Kollenburg Antiquairs BV

Postbus 171
5688 ZK Oirschot
The Netherlands

+31 499578037
+31 655822218

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