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Early 19th Century Empire Ormolu Clock The Sailor

US$7,443.91

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Small mantel clock The Sailor crafted of ormolu, or gilt bronze, in the early 19th century, featuring a European sailor carrying a bale of cotton on the sea. The round enamel dial features Roman numeral hours, indicated by means of two pierced gilt bronze hands. The case is modelled as a bale of cotton in a boat, against which a young european man holding a rope and smoking a pipe is leaning. On the other side of the cotton bale there is an anchor, symbol of commerce. The clock is set upon an oval base adorned with dolphins above four toupie feet. Model inspired by clock known as au nègre or au sauvage. The black man as noble savage was rarely used as a decorative theme in European horological creations before the late 18th century. It was not until the final decade of the 18th century and the early 19th century that the first clocks known as au nègre began to appear. They reflected a philosophical movement expressed in literary and historical works such as Paul et Virginie by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (which was published in 1787 and depicted the innocence of man), Atala by Chateaubriand (which restored the Christian ideal), and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (published in 1719). The design of the black sailor clock was registered by Mr. Michel on August 20, 1808. The present clock depicts a young European sailor, who displays oriental attributes such as the pipe, circa 1810 Dimensions: W 8.7 in, D 3.1in, H 13.4in. Dimensions: L 22 cm, P 8 cm, H 34 cm.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.39 in. (34 cm)Width: 8.67 in. (22 cm)Depth: 3.15 in. (8 cm)
  • Style
    Empire (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1810
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Original clock movement cleaned, serviced and in working condition. Minor wear and rubbing on the bronze consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 65161stDibs: LU2065322068232

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Montesson, France
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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