Feuervergoldete Kaminuhr, Frankreich, um 1810


A very fine Empire ormolu figural mantel clock of eight day duration, with enamel dial and Roman numerals and a pair of blued steel hands for the hours and minutes. The movement with silk thread suspension, anchor escapement, striking on the hour and half hour on a single bell with outside count wheel. In perfect working order and cleaned and pristine condition, retaining its original ormolu gilding with burnished and matte finishes. The rectangular drum case surmounted by a male figure dressed in a classical robe holding a pen and a plate inscribed 'Les Georgiques L’énéide'. The figure is flanked by two books and a lyra. 'Les Georgiques L’énéide' are two important works by Vergil (70 BC – 19 BC): The Georgics and the Aeneid. The figure as such appears to depict Vergil himself, as he is holding a pen. However, the lyra and youth of the figure suggest that is Orpheus - his tale famously told by Vergil in the Georgics. Or it might be Aeneas, hero of the Aeneid, who like Orpheus, entered into the hades, the underworld, but both heros reemerge from it, defying death and time.


OF THE PERIOD: Empire
PLACE OF ORIGIN: France
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Ormolu, Enamel
CONDITION: Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
HEIGHT: 20.08 in. (51 cm)
WIDTH: 13.78 in. (35 cm)
DEPTH: 5.12 in. (13 cm)
Price Upon Request