A French Empire patinated and gilt bronze ‘borne’ mantel clock, circa 1806.
The 8.5-cm enamel dial has Roman numerals and beautiful blued steel hands. The dial is fitted in a finely chiseled ormolu bezel.
The movement is driven by two spring barrels and has a duration of eight days. It is being regulated by anchor escapement in combination with a silk suspended pendulum. The clock strikes the hours and half hours on a bell by means of countwheel striking. The springs are dated 1806.
The term ‘borne’ refers to the arched shape of the patinated bronze case. To the front it has a lyre-shaped ornament with foliate scrolls. These are flanked by flat pilasters with applied patinated arrows which are joined above by laurel leaves with a centre rosette. On both sides are applied Mercury staffs. On the wide gilt plinth, two griffins flank a classical urn are on the front. To the sides there are laurel wreaths. The whole is placed on a verde antico marble plinth raised on flat ormolu feet. The bronze work is of extraordinary quality.