A stately second half of 19th century clock and candelabra set that would be right at home in any study or library. Atop the clock base is a patinated bronze statue of the poet Sappho in repose. She is seated on a low bench with her lyre resting against her back. The sculpture is painstakingly detailed, from the realistic hair to the strings on the lyre. Flanking her on the two smaller plinths is a pair of patinated bronze maidens. They feature two distinct poses and are highly naturalistic, standing in contrapposto and covered in finely draping robes. They each hold candelabra with ten gorgeously articulated lights.
All three pieces showcase a deep green variegated marble. The plinths are carved in a neoclassical style with simple recessed squares, allowing the beautiful coloring to take center stage. Each piece features gilt bronze trim at its base and crown. The warm gold has an organic stylized motif of leaves, making it the perfect foil for the cool green marble.
The clock face and movement bear the mark of the renowned French foundry Susse Freres. Clock is in working condition and has an eight day movement. Chimes every hour and half hour. Every bronze piece is stamped with the Susse Freres foundry name and signed by the famous sculptor Jean-Jacques Pradier.
Condition is great with some imperfections natural to its age. There are hardly noticeable small chips on marble, back glass door cover has a hairline, and one candlestick of one candelabra little bent. Please see pictures for all the details.
France, 19th Century
Sizes: Clock h. 24", w. 21", d. 10" Candelabra h. 32", w. 8", d. 12"
Item ID: RA-122
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