French Empire mantel clock of "La Lecture" designed by Reiche.

French Empire mantel clock of
A very fine version of this iconic French Empire clock. This is perhaps the most famous of a series of clocks that were designed by Jean-Andre Reiche at the beginning of the 19th century and were used extensively in the palaces and great State buildings in France and its Empire. All make use of the same female models and all are seen in poses of study or learning. This one has a young woman in classical dress reading a volume by the light of an oil lamp. She sits at a table and on an elaborate chair with a pile of books behind her. Set upon an antique vert marble base on toupee feet. Fine white enamel convex dial with gilt bronze hands. 8 day bell countwheel striking movement with silk suspended pendulum. See Ottomeyer and Proscell " Vergoldete bronzen " pp 374. 12.5 inches high by 12 inches wide by 5.5 inches deep ( 31 cms by 30 cms by 14 cms deep).

Stock Number: 3852

Origin: France

Price: SOLD

Availability: SOLD

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