Very beautiful clock in gilded bronze and white marble from the 18th century representing the Allegory of Prudence. We see a woman looking at herself in a mirror, a snake wrapped around one hand.
The enamelled dial and the movement are signed by the watchmaker Buzot (who became master on May 21, 1770).
The shaped base is adorned with a beautiful lion's head, holding a laurel garland in its mouth. There are also rosettes in the corners.
Below is a white marble counter-plinth decorated with a frieze of volutes.
Gilt bronze and white marble
Strikes the hours and half-hours
Wire movement, with its balance and key, completely revised
This model of pendulum "with the prudence" was imagined by Antoine Foullet (cabinetmaker and Parisian merchant of the XVIII ° century). The drawing can be found in his 1765 book "Book of pendulum drawings" (the manuscript is still kept at the Jacques Doucet Library of Art and Archeology in Paris)
It was believed that this model was a representation of Queen Cleopatra due to the presence of the mirror and the serpent but this is not true.
A model similar to our pendulum can be found in the Louvre museum (Inv. No 0A6625, see details photos)
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