Gilt Bronze Gothic Revival Religious Clock
A gilt bronze Gothic revival 19thC French clock depicting a kneeling noble lady laying a crown of flowers in front of a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes. The case is entirely of gilded bronze with the exception of the small patinated figure of the Virgin. The original movement and dial with Roman numerals, is a twin barrel, with a silk-string suspension system. It rings a bell on the hours and halfs. French circa 1860.
Our Lady of Lourdes is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in honor of the Marian apparitions that reportedly occurred in 1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes in France. The first of these is the apparition of 11 February 1858, when 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous told her mother that a “lady” spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle, (a mile from the town), while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend.
In 18 January 1862, Pope Pius IX authorized Bishop Bertrand-Sévère Laurence to permit the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes. On 3 July 1876, the same Pontiff officially granted a Canonical Coronation to the image that used to be in the courtyard of what is now part of the Rosary Basilica. The image of Our Lady of Lourdes has been widely copied and reproduced in shrines and homes and as in this case a clock.