French Empire Clock ” Allegory to Clio”
A large late French Empire gilt bronze and marble mantle clock. The standing figure of a gilded Clio, (the Greek muse of history, or in a few mythological accounts the muse of lyre playing was a daughter of Zeus and the Titaness Mnemosyne, goddess of memory), leans against the clock plinth reading a book with one hand, the other hand bending to support her head. The figure and plinth sit upon a stepped red griotte marble base decorated with a large gilded band; the whole on large winged lion’s paw feet. A The white enamel dial with a gilded bezel has roman numerals; below the dial is a large decorative gilded lyre; the original silk-string suspension movement rings the hours and halfs on a bell. The backplate is signed, and the mainspring is dated 1842.
Dimensions: 27″H (66cm) x 19″W (43cm)W x 9″D (23cm)