French Empire Gilt Bronze Figural Mantel Clock c. 1810-20
Movement by Pierre-César Honoré Pons (Paris, 1773-1851)
Item # 130108KRP26
Surmounted by a seated artist, this fine French Empire Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock is of a quality in cast and finish that is above reproach. Beneath the mercury gilding, remnants of the hand chasing are visible across all surfaces, evidence of the founders labor in carefully filing the bronze sculpture into it's current and rather perfect form. The figure is draped in a complex folded cape, his hand rested along scrolls of sketches over a square pedestal, propped in a moment of thoughtful repose by his crooked arm - originally, either a pencil or paint brush would have been in the fist of this hand, that element now absent.
The squared case of the clock features an etched clock face with a Roman Numeral chapter ring and pierced hands. The movement was designed by Pierre-César Honoré Pons, a Parisian clockmaker who set up shop in 1803 and is generally recognized as being most active between the years of 1807-1846. It is a silk suspension movement, the back stamped "F.C.", "1224", "Pons" and "7 - 2".
Of exceptional quality, retaining an untouched and well patinated original gilt surface, the overall clock with commanding proportions and a true sense of presence, this is a very fine selection for serious collectors of French Bronze Sculptures as well as French Empire Mantel Clocks of the first quarter of the 19th Century. It is a thrilling example from a period wrought with uncompromising quality.
Measurements: 24" high x 12 3/8" wide x 7 1/2" deep; 9" from surface to silk suspension; movement diameter approximately 3 3/4"
Condition Report: Tarnished gilt surface throughout w/ minor loss. Face is heavily tarnished. Minute hand has a very slight outward bend. The figure's hand (resting against his head) is missing an element - possibly a brush or pencil. Hand forged brass knob on left somewhat unusual, but does appear to be fully original - possibly designed to assist in moving the clock. The clock is missing it's original pendulum, so while the works appear to be fully complete and original, we have not tested it for functionality.