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A Skeleton Clock from the Directoire Period

H: 16 in / 39.5 cm  |  W: 8.5 in / 21.5 cm  |  D: 4.5 in / 11 cm

Description

A Symbolic Skeleton Clock from the French Directoire Period

A rectangular Carrara marble plinth with bronze toupie feet with knurled decoration supports an ormolu 'arc-de-ciel', with the circular clock over, dressed with garlands; the white enamel dial, encased within a pierced ormolu frame, delineates the hours in Roman numerals, with an Imperial Eagle finial, flanked by garlands; the eight day silk suspension two train movement strikes on a bell.
French, Circa 1800

Literature

Kjellberg, Pierre. Encyclopédie de la pendule française du Moyen Age au XXe siècle. Paris: Éd. de l'Amateur, 2005, p. 320 shows similar clocks.

REF No. 8791

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