French mantel clock "music"

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Music makes the clock go round:
Late Empire ormolu mantel clock, ca. 1820

The profusely embellished fire-gilt case is the image of making music, with on the left a flautist and on the right a lutenist in medieval dresses: troubadours. They are standing next to a column containing the movement, surmounted by a double music stand. A lyre is depicted in the middle of the front of the base with on both side horns of plenty and cherubs.

The typically French eight-day movement has anchor escapement with short silk-suspended pendulum end half-hour striking with a bell, controlled by a countwheel (visible on the backplate).

The time is indicated by a pair of blued-steel Breguet hands on an enamel chapter ring, around an engine-turned centre with the maker’s signature Bontems à Paris.

In the Romantic period nostalgia played an important role. In this case historical themes from the middle ages are depicted: troubadours who performed to add lustre to an occasion.


Origin France
Period 1820
Height 46 cm
Width 32 cm
Depth 12 cm
Reference 02247
Price on request

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