Mantel and Table Clocks

Musical mantel clock "Muse and cupids"

    Musical mantel clock "Muse and cupids"

    France, Paris

    Circa 1795

    Steel, brass, bronze, marble, glass, fabric; casting, gilding, mechanical work

    56 x 41 x 25 cm

    On the dial “A Paris”


    Musical clock in cubic case with cast foliage pattern from gilded bronze on the front panel is mounted on oval base with protruding front part and socle with chiseled ornament in the shape of playing with wheatears cupids, on six gilded supports on oval stand with eight supports. A cupid figure, stretching his hands to the figure of barefoot Muse that stands to the left; and a cupid figure standing on the drapery to the right are mounted on case top panel. White enamel clock dial with Arabic numerals for hours’ designation and minutes’ designation in fifteen divisions, two ornately shaped hands, two keyholes for winding  the clock X and striking, with the lever for clock escapement regulation and engraved inscription in handwritten font “A Paris” is closed by the glazed door in bezel with chiseled pattern and latch. The clock rear side is closed by glazed door with latch. The clock rear mounting plate with chime-bell is visible behind it. Socle and the stand top part rimmed with gilded beads are connected by six white marble fluted pilasters with bases and capitals of gilded bronze. Chiseled pattern in the shape of cupids with garlands and wreaths is on the socle. Openwork panel with oval glazed medallion with the image of two songbirds on a branch is on the stand front side. The surface between front pilasters and the stand lateral sides are closed with openwork lattices and blue fabric from the inner side. Hinged polished rear door, with ornately shaped hinges and snap closure, provides access to the musical movement. Levers for the movement switching on/off and for changing melodies are on front side. Rectangular aperture with pin for winding the spring is on the rear side to the right. Musical movement plays one of eight tunes every hour or optionally. Clockwork is pendulum, on silk suspension, with lever escapement, two spring motors and half an hour striking on bell