• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 474

    A RESTAURATION ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK DEPICTING THE FIGURE OF ACHILLES

    PERRIN, PARIS. SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RESTAURATION ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK DEPICTING THE FIGURE OF ACHILLES
    PERRIN, PARIS. SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The patinated bronze figure flanking the rectangular clock case with white enamel chapter ring signed PERRIN Bd Bne NOUVELLE, No 19, the case with allegorical symbols and relief cast scenes depicting the history of Achilles, the base on claw feet, eight-day twin barrel movement with silk suspension and countwheel strike on bell; pendulum
    65 cm. high overall; the bronze figure 48 cm. high


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    Achilles is a legendary Greek hero and the central character of Homers' Iliad. The relief cast panels on this clock are depicting two non-Homeric themes concerning his upbringing and his death, the first scene represents Thetis dipping Achilles, making his body invulnerable except for his heel by which she held him, the central panel to the plinth is depicting Achilles and the King of Troy.

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