Allegory of Astronomy

A fine early 19thC French Empire gilt bronze clock representing an allegory of astronomy; two classically draped maidens stand on either side of a cube containing the clock movement which is surmounted by a celestial globe sitting on a doric fluted column.  The crossed legs of the two maidens is a common pose in antiquity and both are a mirror image.  Both figures are focused on studies.  Two sphinxes seem to carry the dial on their backs; the gilded frieze of putti holding astronomical instruments is in the style of Clodion.

Dimensions: 18″W (46cm) x 20″H (51cm) x 7″D (18cm)

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