Napoleon III Bronze Neo-Grec Mantel Clock

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Fine Napoleon III Gilt- and Patinated Bronze Neo-Grec Mantel Clock, third quarter 19th century, by Nicholas-Germain Charpentier (1807-1864), after a model by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1877), the mechanism by Japy Freres, featuring a bust of a Greek maiden with gilt jewelry and diadem, above a gilt circular dial with applied chapters and flanked by Greek theatrical masques with gilt headdresses and jewelry, raised on a plinth base with gilt-enframed patinated floral-scroll plaques and centered by a gilt palmette flanked by a pair of thyrsus-scrolled gilt paw feet, the bust signed “A. Carrier”, the mechanism stamped “Charpentier/Ft. de Bronzes/276/a Paris” and with the Japy Freres “Medaille d’Or” trademark, h. 17-1/2″, w. 14-1/2″, d. 6″.

Condition report

Very tightly constructed with no loose parts. Good definition between light and dark metals overall with fine accented details–gilt earrings, necklace,and diadem on the Greek maiden. No oxidation observed. Scattered small losses to patination, e.g. the maidens face near her right eye. Gilt face with bronze chapters good. Retains pendulum and two keys. NOTE: We make no representation that any time piece is in working order.


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