Object Description

Constructed in finely cast and chased gilt bronze, rising from bronze toupee feet which support the bow front plinth dressed with floriate designs and cartouches, the drum form body flanked by a classical seated maiden and cupid holding a sundial, accompanied by draped branches, globes and books as attributes of Geography and Astronomy. The white enamel dial consisting of an inner band of Roman numerals delineating the hours, and an outer band of Arabic numerals delineating the minutes, surmounted by a twin-handled Campana urn with a pinecone finial incorporating an annular date aperture. Signed by the maker, ‘Marquis à Paris,’ the two train movement striking the hours on a bell.
French, Circa 1870

Object Literature

Little is recorded on the fondeur Maison Marquis, which was elected to the guild of the Rénion des fabricants de bronzes de la ville de Paris in 1844. It is known that in 1839 they began a partnership with the reputable fondeur Chaumont, who served as secretary for the guild in the year of 1832. The collaboration lasted five years before Chaumont’s retirement. From their address of 25, rue Chapon, the Maison produced bronzes for clocks, lighting and other objet’s d’art.

Object Condition

Excellent; in working condition.

Object Classification

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