• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 815

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND VERDE ANTICO MARBLE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK: 'HECTOR'S FAREWELL TO ANDROMACHE'

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND VERDE ANTICO MARBLE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK: 'HECTOR'S FAREWELL TO ANDROMACHE'
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    CASE: of octagonal form, flanked by figures of Hector, Andromache and Astyanax, the plinth with serpent and oil lamp mounts flanking inset relief panel showing the conflict between Hector and Paris, laurel leaf moulding to stepped plinth, on circular lion paw feet, mounts regilt DIAL: white enamel, with pierced ormolu hands MOVEMENT: twin barrels with anchor escapement and countwheel strike on bell; pendulum
    25 in. (63.5 cm.) high; 20 in. (51 cm.) wide; 6¼ in. (16 cm.) deep


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    A clock of closely related design by Claude Galle, is illustrated, H. Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 366, fig. 5. 13. 3. A further closely related clock, by Robin, is in the Ministry of Finance, Paris and illustrated in E. Dumonthier, Les Bronzes du Mobilier National, Pendules et Cartels, Paris, pl. 37. The latter clock has similar rounded lion paw feet to those of the present example.

    The present clock shows Hector's farewell to his wife Andromache and their son Astyanax. Hector, a Trojan prince, was killed by Achilles during the Trojan wars. Astyanax was thrown from the city walls by the Greek Herald Talthybius. Achilles' son, Neoptolemus, took Andromache as a concubine and Hector's brother, Helenus, as a slave.

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