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Table clock

Table clock

Inv. No. CE3/00972

This table clock made from ormolu is composed of a rectangular plinth that sits upon four simple straight feet. There is a Roman figure, sculpted in the round, resting on the plinth and clock face. He is dressed in military attire; his breastplate decorated with embossed motifs with a cape pinned to his right shoulder with a brooch. He is wearing a laurel wreath, which is a symbol of triumph, and holding a spear in his right hand and a round shield in his left. A sword sheath with a decorated surface is hanging from his left side. A scroll is lying on the plinth. The plinth is plainly patterned and is lightly embossed with a central rosette, stars and two laurel wreaths with ribbons. The circumference of the clock face is decorated with a plant border.

This type of clock is characteristic of the first part of the 19th century, and corresponds with the style of the Restoration Era (1814-1848) or the period of King Charles X of France (1824-1830). The plinths are composed of straight lines with embossed motifs, inspired by Neoclassical or Imperial, for example laurel wreaths, weapons, canes and horns of plenty. The feet can be straight, round or take the shape of scrolls, heads or winged lion’s paws. The figures or the scenes of various figures of the upper part belong to classical iconography such as mythical characters, putti (cherubs), Roman soldiers, and allegories. The compositions are balanced and static.

Item displayed in the Luxury Dressing Room, first floor.

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