Late 18th century

Important mantel clock personifying the Study and the Philosophy. White enamel dial with roman numerals for the hours, Arabic numerals for the minutes, signed Colieau. On either side of the dial are seated two figures in brown patinated bronze; a young man writing on a tablet represents the study and a young woman reading a book open to a page with an inscription. She represents the philosophy. White marble rectangular base that is decorated with chased gilt bronze bas relief with angles. Underneath the dial a finely chased gilt bronze plaque of an angle with measuring tools on a globe with symbols of moon and sun, allegory of Astronomy. The clock is surmounted with an eagle holding thunderbolts in his claws. Signed on the Dial COLIEAU. The design of the figures is by the sculptor Louis-Simon Boizot (who elaborated them originally for the Sèvres manufactory); the clock design is by the chaser-gilder Francois Remond, in collaboration with the merchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre. This clock was one of the most famous neoclassical clocks of the late Louis XVI period. It is also known as the “Marshalls clock”, rumour has it Napoleon Bonaparte used to treat his Marshalls with this model.

Size: H 43cm x W 60 x D 14cm

Louis XVI period, Paris, circa. 1780-1790. The movement is 19th century.