Clio Muse of History and Music Clock


Allegory to Clio, muse of history and music, gilt bronze clock. In Greek mythology, Clio was the muse of history and of lyre playing. Like all the other nine muses, she is a daughter of Zeus and she counts Urania and Callilope among her sisters. She is shown here sitting on the clock plinth playing her harp. To the left of the clock dial are placed wreaths, and a plaque with the names “Pline”, “Homere”, “Tasse”, and “Virgile”. The lower section of the clock is decorated with a large mount and a relief of Apollo.

All of the Muses were associated with Apollo as shown in the central medallion in the frieze of this clock. They were also considered to be the best practitioners of their fields, and any mortal challenging them in their sphere was destined to be defeated. Clio, sometimes referred to as “The Proclaimer”, is often represented with an open scroll of parchment scroll or a set of tablets or holding a harp. In her capacity as glorifier and celebrator of history, great deeds and accomplishments; Clio is the namesake of various modern brands, including the Clio Awards for excellence in advertising.

The finely chased and gilt bronze clock has it’s original movement. The white enamel dial signed Boileau a Paris, with it’s silk string suspension system ringing the hours and halfs on a bell.  France circa 1815. An identical clock is in the collection of the Royal Palace at Chantilly.

Dimensions: 22″ ( 56 cm ) H x 17.5″ ( 45 cm ) W x 6.5″ ( 17 cm ) D

Ref. CL MH4599