Finely chiseled and mercury-gilded bronze clock depicting Empress Josephine seated on an armchair reading her score while playing the harp.
Above the instrument, the movement is integrated into a hunting horn surmounted by a winged putto in clouds, it features a white enamelled dial which indicates the hours in Roman numerals.
It is signed by the watchmaker "Dunan à Moulins".
The whole rests on a base with canted sides decorated with a frieze decorated with a musician putti in a wooded landscape and musical attributes.
Original movement with silk thread suspension, perfect working order, revised by our watchmaker.
Very beautiful original mercury gilding with double matt and shiny patinas.
Parisian work from the Empire period around 1805-1810.
Height: 42.5 cm; Width: 24.5 cm
P. Kjellberg, "Encyclopedia of the French Pendulum from the Middle Ages to the 20th century", Editions de l'Amateur, p. 388, fig. vs.
Sale Artcurial Paris 5 October 2015, Lot 182
Our opinion :
Our pendulum perfectly symbolizes the love that the Empress had for music and in particular for the harp, an instrument which sat in the middle of her music room at the Chateau de la Malmaison.
The museum still retains his personal Harp made by Georges Cousineau as well as a whole musical library gathered around this instrument.
The extreme delicacy of the carving allows us to appreciate the quality of the Empress's muslin dress, her antique headdress or the precious Etruscan furniture made by Jacob Frères from the drawings of the architects Percier and Fontaine. .
The rarity of the model, its purity and the perfect state of conservation of this clock will delight the most demanding collectors.