This rare French set features a clock with statue, and two matching candelabras. The bases are a luxurious creamy white marble in a Doric column motif. Each marble piece is offset by gilt bronze decoration. Around the base is a golden twisted bronze rope and the tops are crowned by a golden string of bronze beads. Flanking the porcelain clock face are two gilt eagles emerging from nests of leaves.
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 displays the work of a master, with finely detailed textures and a sensitive form. It is signed J. Pradier* and marked Susse Edit, for the renowned French foundry Susse Frères.
The clock face is marked "Gautier A Paris" and "Canes Montmartre". The eight day movement was made by Vicente Et Cie and has the original key and pendulum. Clock is in working condition with a delicate chime every half hour.
Accompanying Sappho are the two cherub candelabras. Done in patinated bronze, they're perched on tree stumps adorned with morning glory flowers. The marvelously detailed candelabras hold four gilt bronze lights apiece and a finial top in the center. White marble base repeats the form and decoration of the clock, gilt bronze rope and beads.
Condition is good. Small marble chip on front, hairline cracks on clock face and a chip beside the key hole, and two extra holes on top of clock base- not very noticeable when sculpture is in place.
France, ca 1860
Sizes: Clock h. 24", w. 23", d. 9" Candelabras h. 27", w. 12", d. 9"
*Jean-Jacques Pradier (1790-1852), also known as James Pradier, was a French sculptor best known for his work in the neoclassical style and as creator of the figures of Fame in the spandrels of the Arc de Triumph in Paris. He was known as one of the few artists who personally oversaw the finish of his sculptures. Other works by Pradier are exhibited in the Louvre Museum.
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