Neo-Greco Bronze Figural Black Slate Mantel Clock, Japy Freres
NAPOLEON III BRONZE FIGURAL CLOCK IN THE NEO-GRECO TASTE
Movement by Japy Freres, base of figural signed "Mage", circa third quarter of 19th century
Item # 609TQJ25Z
This endearing scene of a mother with her two young children is most attractive, all three wearing the simple garb of Greco-Roman origin and cast with extraordinary attention to detail. The children hide in the wrinkles of their mother’s dress, betraying a certain shyness that is matured in their mother’s reserved manner. The entire piece has been preserved in unusually good condition, the black slate base a complex body with perfect absence of color and brilliant high polish; etching is minimal with angular gilt stylized motifs surrounding the clock face and the stepped out edge of the base. The face of the clock is also black slate with a rubbed bronze chapter ring in Roman numerals; the bottom of the face is etched New York. A thick bevelled glass pane is set in a bronze ring and opens easily to give access to the movement. Of large and striking dimensions, the designer of the clock restrained the opulence while demanding incredible quality in every aspect of the case and bronze figural, allowing the simplicity of the subject and quaintness of the figures to remain front and center.
Measurements: 20 3/4” H x 12 1/2” W x 6 3/4” D; figural bronze group is 13” H
Small chip to bottom right edge of stepped front of base edge. Bronze with minor wear to original patina. Glue remants inside from slate joints having been reglued at some point. No key. Movement operating but untested for accuracy; clocks are sold for decorative value and movements are never inspected or guaranteed to be operating.