A very rare French Empire ormolu chariot automaton mantel clock, Deverberie circa 1800
This fine clock has an enamel chapter ring with Arabic numerals which is signed Inv. Fet. Deverberie et Comp. Rue Barrette A Paris. In front of the blue enamel centre there is a pierced ormolu butterfly connected to the going train of the spring driven 8-day movement. Thus making the butterfly turn when the clock runs. The movement strikes the hours fully on a bell and gives a single strike for the half hours. The chapter ring forms the wheel of an ormolu chariot surmounted by a classical lady, and being drawn by putti flying on clouds. The whole is placed on a rectangular base decorated with a relief of further putti with garlands and clouds and placed on claw feet.