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Large French Empire Period Gilt Bronze Figural Mantel Clock of Exceptional Quality #2898

A large and impressive French Empire period gilt bronze mantel clock of exceptional quality and colour.

French (possibly retailed in Italy) - Circa 1820.

The finely chased and original gilt bronze case depicting Orpheus playing his lyre with an eight-day bell striking movement, outside countwheel, backplate initialled and numbered 'A C D 1516’. 

The dial with Roman numerals and inscribed Riccardo Pacinoti of Lavourne. It is a French movement (silk suspension) striking the hour and half hour. The case in the form of an oblong pillar cast with anthemium and cornucopia beneath a draped urn and a laurel wreath, flanked by the figure of Orpheus playing his lyre, the stepped plinth cast with wonderfully detailed underworld scenes, on leaf scroll feet.

In excellent condition the clock case has been cleaned with the movement completely overhauled and serviced to the highest standard by a specialist restorer.

In general 19th century French bronze clocks are considered outstanding pieces (especially regarding the cases), this is due to the care taken by the government to organise and legislate the manufacturing of objects in bronze, the technique of fire gilding and the participation of leading artists to design and help create such magnificent timepieces.

The resulting clocks were highly prized being used to decorate the interiors of prominent palaces and residences which in-turn inspired the rest of Europe.

Width: 13 3/4 inches - 35cm
Height: 20 inches - 51cm
Depth: 6 inches - 15cm

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