Rare French Ormolu Two Horse Chariot Clock, 'The Chariot of Telemachus'.
Dial: The porcelain chapter ring dial set within the decorative ormolu chariot wheel has black Roman numerals for the hours and steel Breguet-style hands.
Movement: The eight-day time and strike movement has a silk-thread suspension with the fast/slow off the backplate and countwheel striking on a bell.
Notes: This piece is model designed by Jean-Andre Reiche commonly referred to as 'The Chariot of Diomedes'. In this example are two horses harnessed together across the front.
A similar clock is printed on page 417 in 'the Encyclopédie de La Pendule Française', Pierre Kjelberg, and
on page 69 in 'Die Französische Bronzeuhr by Elke Niehüser.
Also Tardy book II, page 377.
Diomedes was an Achaean king, was considered the second best fighter to Achilles and was a favorite of Athena.
Size: 20in. wide, 18in high, 9.5in. deep.
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