Mantel and Table Clocks

One hour striking mantel clock “The Horse Tamers”

    One hour striking mantel clock “The Horse Tamers”

    France, Paris

    The 1860-1890s

    Le Roy & Fills

    Bronze, metal, red marble; casting, patination, gilding, mechanical works, stone processing

    63.2 x 32.3 x 15.3 cm

    On mounting plate: “No 687”, “LE ROY & FILS/HGERS DU ROY/A PARIS”


    Patinated cast sculptural composition featuring the scene of taming a wild horse taming is mounted on stepped rectangular base from red marble with wide socle. A man in loincloth holds a rearing horse by the bridle, with coat skin on its flank. Its mouth is open, its eyes are bulging. The composition is one of the many miniature copies of a famous sculpture by one of the best French sculptors of the late 17th - early 18th centuries. Guillaume Coustou (1677-1746). Guillaume's masterpieces - the famous pair of Horse Tamers (Marley Horses), were originally created in 1745 for the royal castle in Marley, where they were standing for about fifty years. In 1794, the Marley Horses were moved to Place de la Concorde in Paris and then placed in the Louvre and replaced by the copies.

    Round clock dial with beaded bezel, with leafy and flower ornament is surrounded by fluted rim, is in the central part of front side. Black minute divisions and Roman numerals for hours’ designation are on circular brass dial. Clock hands are central, from blued metal, with Breguet “apples”. The clock with half an hour strike upon bell, two spring motors and pendulum on silk suspension, with escapement control pin above twelve o’clock mark.

    Openwork cast patinated onlays with the images of palmettes surrounded by leaves and flowers are to the left and to the right. Three sides of the marble base are decorated with wide cast cornice at the top and with high plinth at the bottom. The cornice top is horizontal, smooth; the archivolt is comprised by a row of leaves with protruding rounded ends. Concave plinth is decorated with embossed foliage ornament. The clock is mounted on four cast corner feet, decorated with leaves and convex rosettes.