Empire period

Pendulum clock in a porcelain urn with gilded neoclassical decoration, like horns of plenty and angles riding a chariot to deliver the torch of passion and a love letter. Deep blue ground. Dolphins handles. Paw feet. Original movement signed "Terrien à Paris" and enamel dial. Minor chips in the porcelain where the movement is installed. Wide documentation about this model, undoubtedly from the Darte Frères manufactory.
Size: H 28cm, W 24cm
Manufactory of Darte Frères in Paris; Rue de la Roquette, 1804-1829.

Lit: Darte in Paris is one of the prestigious porcelain manufactories of Paris. There were three Darte brothers, Joseph (1765-1832), Louis Joseph (1766-1843) and Jean François (1768-1834). In 1795 they pursued a venture in porcelain and bought a factory in Paris, located at 3 rue de Charonne. The three brothers opened a shop at the Palais Royal, under the direction of Jean François. In 1804, they separated amicably and each carries his part of utensils and porcelains. The brothers Louis Joseph and Jean François found a new company, thus retaining the name of Darte Frères and moved to rue de la Roquette, while Joseph Darte remained under "Darte Ainé in Paris" and moved to rue de Popincourt.