Precious mythological clock “Diana Huntress” Directory period 1795-1799

Mythological mantel clock “Diana Huntress” Directory period 1795-1799

Museum quality antique French mantel clock in mercury gilded bronze with sublime original mat and shiny gilding. This refined late 18th century mercury gilt bronze mythological clock Diana Huntress dates from the Directory period 1795-1799.

This mythological clock represents Diana Huntress with her quiver and arrows on her back. Also she is holding her bow and in her other hand her prey, a bird. Her faithful dog is by her side, and a horn is on the ground in front of her feet. The sculpture shows a lot of details, like the hair and the clothes. In Greek and Roman mythology Diana is the patroness of the countryside, hunters, crossroads, and the Moon.

Diana is sitting on the clockwork case which contains a large movement surrounded by a exquisitely chiseled lunette. And further the clockwork has original Directory period mercury gilded hands. It has a large enamel dial in perfect condition signed by the watchmaker Isabel & Cgnie à Rouen. The Tardy dictionary of French clock makers lists this clock maker as late 18th century.

The base of the clock has many refined decorations, in mercury gilded bronze, both on the front as on the sides. For instance the griffins in the frieze represent the union of intelligence and strength. And beside them are antique basins with ram heads. Below we see a deer hunting scene. The base of this mythological clock rests on its 6 large original spinner feet.

Everything is original and from the period. The clock is depicted in the book “French Bronze Clocks” by Elke Niehüser, p.221 #521.

The large wire suspension movement is in perfect working condition. It has been revised by a professional watchmaker and comes with its balance and key. It strikes the hours and half hours on a bell.

Dimensions: 45 cm (17.7″) high, 31.5 cm (12.4″) wide, 13 cm (5.1″) deep.
Weight: 11.8 kg (26 lbs).

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