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Tall Empire ormolu clock : allegory of diplomacy - a crowned woman dressed in an antique tunic, holding a scroll with the word "suadere" (to persuade, to convince in Latin) in one hand and showing the dial (time flying symbol) with the other hand.
Our mantel clock is known as the Allegory of Diplomacy, a model of Thomire listed by Hans Ottomeyer in his reference work Vergoldete Bronzen - Die Bronzearbeiten des Spätbarock und Klassizismus, München 1986, page 347. The dial and the mechanism are signed by Lesieur. Empire style, Restoration period, Thomire & Cie period, 1820-1830s.
Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843) was one of the most remarkable bronze maker of his generation. He raised this profession under the Empire to its highest level of quality while creating, in early 19th century, an industrial company, illustration of the excellence of French industry at that time.
Lesieur was a watchmaker based in Paris rue de la Verrerie under French Restoration. He is known for having collaborated with Thomire on a regular basis.
Besides its spectacular size and the quality of its execution, our pendulum is interesting for its seditious message against Napoleon during the Congress of Vienna, a major event in diplomacy at the start of the 19th century.
The goddess of diplomacy has a crowned head and symbolizes the monarchs gathered in Vienna. The induced message is twofold : time is the best ally to convince and overcomes everything and everyone (meaning Napoleon !).
Beautiful and spectacular model (61cm high while classic clocks are usually 40cm - 50cm high), made by two of the greatest artists of their time.
Very good general condition, complete, no lack of decor. Original wire movement revised by our watchmaker. Quite well preserved mercury gilt.Width : 43cmHeight : 61cm
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