Mantel clock – Love triumphant War
Louis XVI period, after a drawing by François Vion
H. 13 in ; W. 10,3 in ; D. 5,9 in
Original movement – with a complicated calendar.
Exceptional bronze clock finely crafted and presented in its original mercury gilding. On the theme of War and Peace, or Love triumphant over war, sometimes still made in the eighteenth century as ‘pièce de bureau à l’Amour et à Mars’. Allegories are represented by two putti.
This clock rests on a bronze plinth that looks like tile treaty amati, decorated with garlands and fine rosettes. It support dial which stands on a fluted central terminal, surrounded by a beautiful wreath of oak leaves.
Of both sides are placed military attributes – helmet ancient shield with the arms of France, crossed flags, fasces. Highlight two doves perched on a torch attributes of Love and Peace accompanying figure on the right holding a bow, a quiver at its side.
The model is to bring boxes of clocks carried by François Vion which we can find a pattern to the library Jacques Doucet in Paris.
Motion to revise. Sold in the state.