A superb French Empire patinated and ormolu urn clock. The patinated urn form top and pedestal base are adorned with several well-cast and finished mounts that include flanking winged female terms, a pair of dolphins with intertwined tails supporting a trident, mercury and animal feet. The well-lettered white porcelain dial has Roman numerals for the hours, Arabic numbers for the fifteen-minute marks, an engine turned bezel and engraved ormolu hands. The time and strike eight-day movement has the fast slow out the front, still retains the original silk-thread suspension and strikes the hours and half-hours on a bell.
Literature: Elke Niehüser, “Die Französische Bronzeuhr”, pg.61 where the bronzer is identified as Claude Galle.
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