H: 16 in / 41 cm | W: 22.5 in / 57.5 cm | D: 11.5 in / 29.5 cmDescription
An Ormolu-Mounted Marble Figural Mantle Clock
After a model by Clodion
By Henry Dasson
The nude bacchante recumbent figure raised on a bleu turquin marble and ormolu-mounted plinth, the mythical figure resting on a lion’s pelt, the tambourine-shaped bezel with tassel handle housing an enamel dial with gilt-lined royal blue border and raised gilt fleur-de-lys half hour markers, signed on a banner to the center 'HRY DASSON', pierced and engraved ormolu hands, the twin barrel movement striking on a bell. Signed and dated “Henry Dasson 1880;” the carved marble signed “Ernest Carrier-Belleuse.”
French, dated 1880
An early example of this clock was acquired by George IV in 1792, and is today in the Royal Collection (RCIN 30043).
Henry Dasson participated in the Amsterdam exhibition of 1883 alongside his contemporaries Beurdeley, Krieger, and Fourdinois. Among the thirteen pieces of furniture and objets d’art, Dasson exhibited a clock (no. 24) the description of which matches exactly to the present model.
The figure is based on a life size model of a naiad - a fresh water nymph - by Claude-Michel Clodion (1738-1814) created as part of a design for a bath house.