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French Charles X Figural Mantel Clock

Circa 1825


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Fine Restauration period gilt and patinated bronze figural mantel clock, featuring the figure of the Greek god Chronos, also known as Father Time.

  • In this representation, Chronos steps over an hourglass while holding a clock face up by the head of a serpent, which encircles it.
  • Chronos' role as ruler of the cosmos in the pre-Olympian period of Greek mythology is also referenced in the swirling and billowing, cloud-like forms below his feet.
  • The clock's base features a frieze with a finely cast and intricate gilt and patinated bronze vegetal motif typical of the Restauration style.
  • Clock set on block feet with cast floral and vegetal details.

In Greek mythology, Chronos is the Titan god of time and is associated with the concept of time as a destructive force. Chronos (later known as the god Saturn by the Romans) was also a god of the harvest, and is often portrayed as an old man with a scythe.

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Clock not in working order at the time of consignment.

Wear commensurate with age and use.

Some scuffs and losses to Roman numerals and other elements on clock dial.

Height: 16 inches / 40.64 cm
Width: 12 inches / 30.48 cm
Depth: 4 inches / 10.16 cm
Gilt Bronze, Bronze, Metal
Charles X
Decorative Style
Neoclassical Style
Country of Origin
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