Vase-Shaped Clock, France, First Quarter 19th Century

France, first quarter of the 19th century


Vase shaped clock in gilded bronze resting on a plinth decorated with leaf motifs resting on four ball feet. The body, with its characteristic double-edged vase shape, is adorned with finely chiseled and gilded bronze applications: in the lower part a winged medusa face is flanked by anthemes, while in the upper one a panoply rests, on the neck there is a head with butterfly wings; the two hinges are held by two masks and end in a curl on the neck of the vase. White enamelled display with Roman numerals.

Dimensions: 348 x 20 x 11.5 cm


Historical-stylistic analysis:

Expression of the Empire taste, both in form and in ornamental motifs, the clock is part of the rich and heterogeneous production of French watches, which was widespread in the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
Vase models were quite widespread: an example is given by the catalog of clocks kept at the Mobilier National, where a similar one appears, in particular in the handles ending in rose windows.


– Ernest Dumonthier, “Les Bronzes du Mobilier National – Pendules et Cartels”, undated;

– La pendule française, 2ème Partie:Du Louis XVI à nos jours, Tardy, Paris 1949.

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