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