NAPOLEON III GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK OF PSYCHE
France 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, you will cherish this antique French mantel clock in your collection for a lifetime.
Measurements: 21 1/2" H x 13 3/8" W x 5 3/8" D
Movement "as-is" and requires restoration (strike wheel damaged, rust/oxidization of components). Back window is absent. Light scratch to Psyche's thigh, other minor patina wear, oxidization to the gilding. Early winding key and original pendulum included.