Sunday, March 9, 2008

Emire Clock case representing Phaeton’s flight in the sun’s chariot across the heavens

Emire Clock case representing Phaeton’s flight in the sun’s
chariot across the heavens by Pierre-Philippe Thomire
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DETAIL: Emire Clock case representing Phaeton’s flight in the sun’s
chariot across the heavens by Pierre-Philippe Thomire
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A very important Empire gilt and part-patinated bronze and rouge marble chariot clock of eight day duration, housed in a magnificent case representing Phaeton’s flight in the sun’s chariot across the heavens by the pre-eminent bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire. The dial formed as the chariot wheel with outer blue painted dial ring with gilded Arabic hour numerals and six inner gilded wheel spokes interspersed with palmettes and a fine pair of pierced blued steel hands for the hours and minutes. The movement with anchor escapement, silk thread suspension, striking on the hour and half hour on a single bell, with outside count wheel. The elaborately decorated chariot with ribbon-tied swags on the front, with a pair of griffins, a quiver and harp at the rear, with Phaeton standing, wearing a billowing cloak and driving four frenzied horses across the arch of Heaven. The arch, mounted with figures of Pisces, Aries, Taurus and Aquarius, hung with billowing clouds and resting on a stepped rectangular rouge marble base mounted by a gilt frieze representing the eastern sun god Mithras slaying the primeval bull, flanked by a pair of half-moons and stars, on lion paw feet Paris, date circa 1805-10 Height 67 cm, width 72 cm, depth 25 cm.