“PORTICO-STYLE” PENDULUM CLOCK
White marble with friezes in mercury gilt bronze and Wedgwood medallions.
This pendulum clock dates from the period of Louis XVI, when this type of clocks, of an evidently classical inspiration, was created and developed in various versions. The one we present here consists of a mixtilinear base centred by a leonine protome and surmounted by two pillars. These support the architrave on which the circular dial, surmounted by an eagle in gilt bronze and flanked by two urn-shaped pinnacles, is placed. Numerous friezes of phytomorphic inspiration in gilt bronze and three Wedgwood medallions – those one the pillars are restored – soften the rigorous architectural construction of the pendulum clock.
France, second half of the 18th century
height 59 cm