This Meissen Porcelain Manufactory was widely celebrated in the 18th and 19th Centuries for the fine quality of its porcelain wares. Crafted by Meissen, this clock is exceptional in both its design and execution. Its colourful modelled flowers, figures from classical mythology and lively creatures, make this clock a delightful piece of Rococo decorative art. This clock is based on a design by the famous Meissen modellers, Johann Frederich Eberlein and Johann Joachim Kändler.
The mantel clock is crafted from parcel gilt white porcelain, parts of which have been painted. The clock features a rectangular body with scrolled edges, which is topped by a pierced dome. This is crowned by a sculpture of a seated woman, who blows into a horn and inscribes a book, which is balanced on her lap. At the centre of the clock case, there is a circular enamel dial with black Roman Numerals, within a metal and glass case. This is set within a cartouche, which is adorned with colourful three-dimensional flowers, including roses, carnations and peonies. The dial is topped by the sculpture of the Imperial white eagle, wearing a gold crown, its beak open and wings outstretched. The figure of Flora (the goddess of spring), holding a handful of flowers, is positioned to the right of the dial, and a pair of cherubs, fighting over a royal orb, are seen on the left. Lower down, the goddess ‘Peace’ (or Pax) is represented, with an olive branch in her arms. She stands on one side of the clock, while Mars (the god of war) stands on the other, dressed in full armour. The lower clock body is decorated, on its front, with the Royal coat of arms of Saxony, where the Meissen factory is based.
On its underside, the clock bears the Meissen factory mark of the blue painted crossed swords, with the model number ‘452’ and number ‘76’.