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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 19

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Modelled as a bust of Minerva, the circular dial with white-enamelled circlet with Roman chapters and engine-turned ormolu centre signed 'THOMAS A PARIS', set within the scrolling foliage-decorated helmet, the body armour decorated with a mask of Medusa, on a rectangular plinth and turned feet, with steel Breguet hands (lacking minute), the twin barrel movement with silk suspension and countwheel strike on bell
    15¼ in. (39 cm.) high; 7 in. (18 cm.) wide; 5 in. (13 cm.) deep


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    This clock is modelled as Minerva and features the attributes of the war goddess. Among such elements, the plumed helmet and the aegis or skin breastplate centred by the mask of Medusa, the serpent-haired creature whose head was presented to Minera by Perseus after he slained the monster.
    Such martial or warrior-inspired models are recurrent in the Empire period and further examples featuring the Goddess of War include a clock in the château de Malmaison (ill. B. Chevallier et al., Napoléon, exh. cat., Memphis, 1993, cat. 56. p. 71).

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