French Empire Patinated and Gilt Bronze Mantle Clock, Cherub Gazing into a Pool, Movement by Caranda, Paris, numbered 142
Item # 130112PCJ07
This gorgeous gilt and patinated bronze antique clock heralds from the first Empire period, circa the first quarter of the 19th Century and of simply outstanding quality. The putto is mercury gilded with a brilliant gold, clearly making him the strike point of the piece; his form is restive and relaxed as he braces himself with a single arm while readying to scoop something from the water with the shell in his other hand. His legs are slightly crossed on the naturalistic rocky base, a large flower flowing along the ground beside the mirror that makes up the pond. It is a truly endearing scene. A pair of Corinthian columns raise the gilded outcrop beneath the Cherub; these columns flank a circular porcelain dial with a Roman Numeral chapter ring and a pair of pierced hands, the dial surmounted by a carefully cast and chased gilt ring of repeating leafage and berries. A torch and quiver full of arrows are crossed beneath the dial, tied together in a flow of twisted ribbon. The whole clock rests over expertly cast gilded lion paw feet.
The back of the clock is left open to expose the incredibly fine movement within - carefully pierced and etched, the movement reads "Caranda / Paris / No 142". It is of utmost quality, the tiniest parts formed with absolute precision - note the outer pallet of the movement is raised over tapered square Neoclassical columns with an angled midriff. A truly magnificent work, both in the quality of the case and precision of the movement, this is a treasure for serious collectors of works from the French Empire.
Measurements: 9 1/2" high x 5 5/8" wide x 3 3/4" deep
Condition Report: Dial with loss around both holes and old stress cracks to dial face. Minor loss of gilding and accompanying oxidization, notable on the toes. Normal discoloration to the brassy-tone of the case. No winding key. Works have not been cleaned or checked for functionality.