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Jason and the Golden Fleece, early 19th century
Jason and the Golden Fleece, early 19th century - Horology Style Empire Jason and the Golden Fleece, early 19th century -
Ref : 108698
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19th century
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L. 16.54 inch X H. 25.59 inch X P. 8.66 inch
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Galerie Francesco De Rosa

Objets d’art, sculpture, pendules, furniture

Jason and the Golden Fleece, early 19th century

Very rare clock in burnished bronze and finely chiseled and mercury-gilded bronze on a green marble base. France. First Empire. 65x42x22 cm.

This iconography of Jason in the act of taking possession of the Golden Fleece hanging from a branch of the sacred oak is preserved at Malmaison, the residence of Josephine Beauharnais. Despite its notable structural complexity, all played on the acid chromatic relationship of satin gold and green, the sculpture presents a strong dynamic momentum in the figure of Jason, the only protagonist, who stands out against the background of the massive burnished trunk of the broken oak, recognizable by some branches with the characteristic acorns. The figure on the clock wears the typical warrior's weapons, he holds the sword in his right hand, with which he has just killed the dragon, while his left is grabbing the golden fleece. The dragon lies on the ground confused between the folds of Jason's cloak which falls to cover the base of the clock in vert - Maurin. On the trunk of the oak there is the dial of the clock adorned with the figures of Jason and Medea. Note that to prevent the winding holes from invading the area where the bas-relief figures are present, the watchmaker created an ad hoc mechanism for this specific watch; in fact, the winding holes are very close and placed under the dial. precisely so as not to disturb the visual impact.JasonThe figure of Jason, Greek hero son of Aeson and Polymeda, is one of the most intriguing in Greek myth; his story, which tells of the theft of the Golden Fleece, has had enormous success in the West, and is the basis of the famous and important chivalric order of the Golden Fleece, recognized in several nations. Jason's personality is not clear: he is courageous, a fearless fighter, but his inconstancy in love colors his image with dark notes. The most represented mythical episode is the theft of the Golden Fleece which he was able to obtain thanks to the help of the sorceress Medea. To regain the kingdom usurped from him by King Pelias, Jason presented himself to the king, who promised him the kingdom in exchange for an act of extraordinary valor: Jason had to bring him from Colchis the golden fleece of the ram with which the boy Phrixus had escaped the ' hatred of his stepmother and who he had later sacrificed to Zeus. The fleece belonged to the king of Colchis, Eèta, whose daughter, Medea, beautiful and severe, possessed magical arts. Jason, with the help of a group of other heroes, fitted out a ship for the expedition which went down in legend as the 'Argonauts' expedition'. The Golden Fleece was hung from an oak tree and protected by a dragon. With the help of Medea, who fell in love with him, the hero put the monster to sleep and took possession of the Golden Fleece which he brought to King Pelias. But Medea's love was not reciprocated for long and in the face of betrayal the sorceress took cruel revenge: she killed the rival woman, Creusa, sending her a poisoned dress, and the two children she had with Jason, then left on a chariot pulled by dragons.

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