Antique Empire period French ormolu mantel clock

£9,500

This fine clock is notable for its portrayal of the goddess Asteria - who famously fled Zeus' advances - in conjunction with her soon-to-be pursuer.

 

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Description

The mantel clock is cast entirely in ormolu. The clock sits on toupie feet and features a rectangular base with recessed frieze of wings and arrows in relief. Atop this sits a further rectangular form section which features twin classical heads in roundels to either side, and the circular clock face set to the centre above foliate motifs. The clock face features a white dial with black Roman numerals and hands. Atop the clock dial sits the figure of Asteria with Zeus in the form of an eagle with an urn and potted plant. The story is taken from Greek mythology and depicts the moment that Zeus pursued Asteria in the form of an eagle. She later transforms into a quail to avoid his advances.

Details

Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
c. 1810
Period
Early 19th Century
Style
Birds / Ornithology, Empire, Figurative Art, Mythological
Material
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Colour
Gold

Dimensions

Height
47 cm / 18.5 inches
Width
34 cm / 13.4 inches
Depth
15 cm / 5.9 inches

Reference:
013497

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