Fabulous 2nd Empire Chariot Clock “Au Char De L’Amour”
Chariot Clock “Au Char De L’Amour”
Rare chariot clock called “Au char de l’Amour”, based on the model of André-Antoine Ravrio (1759-1814). This chariot clock represents Eros driving a chariot drawn by two rearing horses. The gilt bronze sculptures of Eros, the horses and the chariot have been sculpted beautifully and lifelike. The clock has a skeleton movement where you can see the mechanism. This movement with it’s white enamel dial forms the wheel of the chariot.
The sculptures rest on a plinth in sea green marble with the attributes of Eros. On the left side of the plinth we see a quiver with arrows. Next on the right side is a torch with a flame and finally in the middle is a bow with two crossed arrows, set in a wreath of flowers and ribbons. All of these are typical symbols of Eros. The arrows he shoots to make people fall in love and the fire that warms and ignites the heart.
This 2nd Empire chariot clock has been professionally cleaned and is in an excellent condition with beautiful gilding. It strikes the hours and half hours on a bell. The movement has been serviced by our clock maker and is in perfect working condition and comes complete with pendulum, bell and key.
Dimensions: 45 cm wide, 35 cm high and 13.5 cm deep.
Weight: 11 kg
- Encyclopédie de la pendule française, Pierre Kjellberg, p.417