Antique late 19th c. French enamel mantel clock - spectacular!
This stunning clock is a confection of delights. Enamel with charming imagery covers most surfaces. On the front a cupid and woman watch a bird in a bucolic landscape. On one side, a cupid has been captured by a woman, who has confiscated his bow and quiver of arrows. On the other side a cupid, his quiver hung on a branch, rushes to the arms of a lovely lady holding a posy. The back, which has the circular door to a compartment which holds the key, features a young woman feeding a dove. Each image is rendered skillfully in a delicious range of pastel colors. The "roof" of the small structure has a pink background, with four different panels, three of which feature a cupid in flight - one holding a flaming torch, the other two holding garlands. The roof panel at the front has a bust and other decorative elements. The base has a peach colored background with decorative flourishes and cupid faces. The twisted columns of the structure are cobalt enamel, with wire wrapped around them. And the gold-tone metal, likely brass, has feet with little putti faces, elephant finials at the top of the columns, and a rooster topping the finial! A small frieze at the front has a girl with a lion or panther.
Measurements: Approximately 6" tall to top of finial, with base approximately 2.5" square.
Condition: Excellent condition in keeping with an item that has been gently used and loved. Has its original key and back door opens smoothly and shuts securely. Age-appropriate darkening and oxidation of metal, and small fleabites to enamel in places. Please see photographs for additional details and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Loving it because...it has a remarkable and unexpected combination of design elements, that somehow form a most delightful aesthetic whole!
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