Fine Napoleon III French Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock, Psyche c. 1870(985 views)
FRENCH NAPOLEON III ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK OF PSYCHE
c. 1870, movement impressed "E.M. 2083"
Item # 411LYI15Z
This impressive timepiece centers around the figural of Psyche, her finely detailed wings fluttering behind her as she remains transfixed on the butterfly resting in her open palm. The casting quality is impeccable, her hair an intense display of curls over the strong and attractive features of her face, the flawless surface of her body cast free of even the slightest pit or blemish, the complicated flow of her dress replicated with utmost realism. She rests over a gilded case with finely chased ormolu mounts resting over lion paw feet with winged returns. The white dial of the clock retains an original surface with well preserved black Roman numerals and pierced hands. A very fine selection for anyone passionate about mythological bronze sculptures and antique French clocks from the Second Empire, this precious example will brighten any room of a classical taste. Exceptionally detailed, this is a piece you will cherish in your collection for a lifetime.
The clock holds time, but the strike wheel is damaged internally so the bell does not sound and strike will not wind - this probably relates to the rust found on steel components inside of the clock, suggesting a very damp prior environment. Back window is absent. Light scratch to Psyche's thigh and other minor patina wear/discoloration, including oxidization to the gilding. Overall patina is in exceptional condition and gilding is vibrant. A gorgeous work - early winding key and original pendulum included.
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Dimensions: 21 1/2" H x 13 3/8" W x 5 3/8" D
Medium: Gilt and Patinated Bronze, Brass Movement
Date: Circa 1870
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