French Empire Gilt Bronze Antique Mantel Clock by Caranda
EMPIRE GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK OF A CHERUB GAZING INTO POOL
Movement by Caranda, Paris, numbered 142
Item # 312PCJ07A
This gorgeous gilt and patinated bronze mantel clock is of simply outstanding quality. The case is surmounted by a seated cherub 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. A pair of Corinthian columns raise the gilded pediment; 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 an absolute treasure.
Measurements: 9 1/2" high x 5 5/8" wide x 3 3/4" deep
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. Movement has not been cleaned or checked for functionality.