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Very beautiful carvings for this gilt bronze clock from the Empire period representing Eros playing the lyre. 

The instrument, resting on a precious easel chiseled with large acanthus leaves at the four corners, foliage punctuated with a duo of flowers on the front and a large sheet of water on each side, reveals an openwork dial of a remarkable finesse of carving, set with a white enamel ring on which are inscribed the Roman numerals and the signature, under the number VI, " Galle  Rue Vivienne No. 9".

In the center, a rosette, forming a pistil around which alternate water leaves and flowers, accommodates the heads of the needles. This composition, in turn, forms a large flower receiving a garland/a string of florets on their curved stem.

At the top of the dial simulating the sound box of the lyre, on either side, soar the arms, finely chiselled with a scroll of lotus flowers, floweret and arrowhead, ending in the neck and head of swan whose beaks hold the yoke. Yoke topped with a couple of doves kissing on a bed of roses.

Arranged to the right of the dial, a bow and a quiver of arrows, attributes of Eros.

The set rests on a base, also with a very finely chiseled decoration in applique: in the center, a flower in a pastille surrounded by anthemions and water leaves, is framed, on either side, by a medallion. in helmet of Athena and a duo of scrolls extended by a cascade of acanthus leaves ending in a fleuron. 

The base is supported by four feet unfolding in a generous volute of water leaves framed by a small finial and finished in a lion's paw.


Claude GALLE (1759-1815):
Considered one of the most important bronzers of the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, Claude Galle is today a reference for bronze in the neoclassical style. From the beginning of his career, he became a collaborator of famous founders such as Antoine-André Ravrio and Jean Hauré. This allows him to participate in the development of bronzes for the furniture of the crown. Under the Consulate, he quickly became Philippe Thomire's main competitor. It provides the imperial furniture storage, thus furnishing the castles of Compiègne and Fontainebleau. Retiring in 1813, he was replaced by his son Gérard-Jean. His productions, once very popular with the English and Russians, inspired bronzers such as Andreï Voronikhin (1759-1814) and Friedrich Bergenfeldt (1768-1822). He died in 1815 after having produced works that are the pride of major collections.  


This clock has its magnificent original gilding.


Signed " Galle rue Vivienne n*9 ".


Movement revised by an art watchmaker.


Empire period.


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Claude Galle, signed: Beautiful Empire period clock.


    Height: 14,6 inches

    Width: 9 inches

    Depth: 4 inches


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