French Empire miniature ` mantel clock signed M Gentilhomme Palais Royal.

French Empire miniature ` mantel clock signed M Gentilhomme Palais Royal.
A fine and very small ormolu French Empire clock in the form of a chariot. In this model the chariot is being driven by Cupid and it is being pulled by a pair of goats. This clock from the early part of the Ist Empire sits upon four well turned and finished toupee feet and has a rectangular base with canted corners quite typical of the first decade of the 19th century. The corners to the front of the base have applied ormolu mounts and there is a central applied ormolu mount of a basket of flowers across a thyrsus draped with vine leaves. This theme is continued with the goats pulling the chariot as they are also associated with Bacchus and fertility as is cupid himself. The chariot has a lion's mask to the front The movement and dial is housed within the wheel of the chariot and the dial is annular, being a thin line of enamel allowing the motion work of the movement to be viewed. The spokes of the wheel are well modelled and finished. The dial is signed M. Gentilhomme Palais Royal. A favoured craftsman he is known to have also been working at the Galerie de Pierre at Versailles in 1810. The movement is a small 8 day silk suspension regulated timepiece movement. Circa 1805

Stock Number: 4248

Origin: France

Price: SOLD

Availability: SOLD

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