A Charles X gilt bronze mantel clock with a dial containing the movement, flanked by a young woman draped in an antique dress. The dial decorated with flares, ribbons, garlands of flowers and doves is surmounted by a vase on which rests a drapery and two doves. The base is decorated with a frieze that evokes Orpheus or Cupid sitting beside his lyre and holding his quiver. It rests on four flattened ball legs. Original movement with a thread in working condition.
In Antiquity, doves were offered in sacrifice to the goddesses of love, such as Aphrodite and Astarte. This symbolism associated with the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice reinforces the idea of an allegory of love. Under the Restoration, the figural mantel clock became very popular. Number of characters and scenes inspired by classical Antiquity on Louis XVI clocks were revisited during the first thirty years of the nineteenth century. Among the most common, we find Apollo, Orpheus, Mercury, Adonis.
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