Mantel and Table Clocks

Hour striking mantel clock with equestrian figure of Emperor Alexander I

    Hour striking mantel clock with equestrian figure of Emperor Alexander I


    Early 19th century

    Steel, brass, bronze, malachite; casting, enamel, gilding, chasing, mechanical works

    5 x 44.5 x 26 cm


    Cast sculptural composition featuring Russian Emperor Alexander I, sitting on a reared horse is mounted on cast rectangular base with wide socle. The rider holds the bridle with his left hand; the right hand is raised in a pointing gesture.

    The emperor is wearing uniform with high-embroidered collar and narrow folds, belted with scarf with bow. The aiguillette on his left shoulder, an order star (Order of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called?) is on the left side of his jacket. Decoration ribbon is slung over the right shoulder, leather gloves are on the hands. Tight pants and short boots with square toes and small spurs are on his feet. Double-sided hat with cockade and bow is on his head. The saddlecloth and ingots (cover the pistol holsters) are trimmed with galloon and decorated with the images of two-headed eagle.

    The figure of the Emperor and horse harness are gilded, the figure of the horse is patinated. Round clock dial with beaded bezel and double leaf and flower pattern is in the central part of the front side. Black minutes’ divisions are marked on white enamel dial and Arabic numerals are for fifteen minutes’ intervals designation, Roman numerals are for hours’ designation. Gilded hands-spears are central, with openwork tips. The clock with half an hour strike upon bell, two spring motors and spring suspended pendulum with the pin for clock escapement adjustment above twelve o’clock mark. Openwork cast onlays with the images of copper cannons on large wheels, cannonballs, banners, axes and other military trophies are to the left and to the right. Cast gilded onlays comprised of the images of two-headed eagles with sceptre, orb and shield on which the monogram "EA" is inscribed are fixed on lateral sides. Three bottom sides are decorated with wide cast cornice on the top and with the plinth beneath. The cornice’ top is smooth and horizontal; the archivolt is a row of leaves and palmettes. The oblique plinth is decorated with embossed ornament comprised of palmettes, branches and curls. The clock with four corner-rounded feet, adorned with decorative belt, is mounted on stepped malachite base.
    Winding key is in the set.