H: 16 in / 40 cmDescription
A French Lyre Mantle Clock
in the Louis XVI Manner
Constructed in gilt bronze, with Italian Carrara marble; the stepped elliptical base rising from toupie feet, dressed with running rinceaux garlands, swags and jewelled torsades; the lyre frame housing a barrel cased floral decorated enamel faced clock, the hours in Arabic numerals, signed 'Causard / Horloger du Roi' and having an eight day movement, chiming on a bell; the lyre surmounted with a mask of Apollo emanating sunburst rays.
French, Circa 1890
This design is taken from Dieudonné Kinable et Dubuisson, and the original Louis XVI model by Jean-Charles Ponchon is to be seen in the New York Frick Collection.Literature
Kjellberg, Pierre. Encyclopédie de la pendule française: du Moyen Age au XXe siècle. Paris: Les éditions de l'amateur, 1997, p. 230 (pl. A & B); illustrating period examples.REF No. 9487