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Eros And Psyche -  Early Empire Chariot Clock
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Ref : 92651
8 800 €
Period :
19th century
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Gilt bronze
Dimensions :
l. 14.17 inch X H. 17.32 inch X P. 5.51 inch
Weight :
10.4 Kg
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Eros And Psyche - Early Empire Chariot Clock

Very refined and majestic Empire period chariot clock  symbolizing the myth of Eros and Psyche.  The clock has been made of fire gilt bronze (mercury gilding). The symbolism of the butterfly and Psyche are inextricably linked together in elevating the soul. Two butterflies represent prosperity in friendship and marriage. Eros is steering the butterfly drawn carriage on the clouds.  And a young woman, holding a sheep in her lap, is sitting in it. It is Psyche, whom he has just kidnapped. She will later become his rightful wife. After that the gods will finally accept her into the divine heavens. The lamb is not part of the mythology, it is traditionally a sign of innocence.

The scene of Eros and Psyche in a chariot is set on top of a case supported by two elegant sphinxes. This case forms the second layer of the three layer design. The case, which encompasses the clockwork, has decorations of flying angels with bow and trumpet. On the side we see lyres. The movement has an enamel and gold dial, Roman numerals and  Breguet style hands.

Finally, all of this is standing on top of a base which forms the third layer of this Empire clock. It has decorations of a quiver with arrows, a torch with a flame and hearts. All of these are typical symbols of Eros. The arrows he shoots to make people fall in love and the fire that warms and ignites the heart. The base is standing on five feet.

This Empire chariot clock “Eros and Psyche” has an exceptional quality of fire gilt bronze ( mercury gilding). The very elegant design shows magnificent sculpting and carving.


DETAILS
The eight-days going movement has a wire suspension pendulum. It has a twin-barrel movement with count wheel strike on a bell. It strikes the hour and half hour on it’s bell. The clock is in a excellent and perfect working condition. Also, it has recently been cleaned and serviced by a professional clock maker. The clock comes complete with its pendulum, key and bell.


LITERATURE
- French Bronze Clocks, Elke Niehüser, p.126 #205, #206 & p.242 #934

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