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Pendule "la vertu athénienne" époque Louis XVI
Ref : 73882
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Period :
18th century
Medium :
Gilded bronze, white marble
Dimensions :
l. 16.54 inch X H. 20.08 inch X P. 5.91 inch
Philippe Delpierre

Furniture and Works of Art from the 17th, 18th and early 19th century

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Pendule "la vertu athénienne" époque Louis XVI

The Athenian virtue is represented by a woman draped in a toga, holding in her right hand a box and in her left hand a cup of which symbolically escape from what to fan the fire coming out of an urn placed on the dial of the pendulum. The urn is decorated with a laurel twist and the body of the dial is itself surrounded by two laurel branches. To the right of the dial, on the bronze terrace rounded on the sides, to make the woman a pendant is a vase whose lid ends with a pine cone and whose handle is formed by two intertwined serpents. A small shield in gilded bronze on which is inscribed "the virtue ateninne" is placed on the terrace. It even rests on a base in white marble adorned on the front of a gilded bronze plate, adorned in the center of a child's head from which leave two branches. On the rounded sides a patterned plaque of posts.

This clock is part of what are called clocks about. Mythology and antiquity inspired bronzers throughout the Louis XVI period.
We have here a testimony. Athenian democracy was considered the perfect model and represented the ideal defended by the greatest Greek speakers. Everyone had equal opportunities, and everyone had to prove their abilities and virtue.

Philippe Delpierre


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