Large Rococo style porcelain mantel clock by Meissen
German, 19th Century
Height 66cm, width 33cm, depth 25cm
This superb mantel clock is a truly wonderful example of Meissen porcelain and of German Rococo style design. The clock is of traditional form: a circular enamel dial is inset into a profusely adorned porcelain case, the case raised on four rocaille-like feet. The porcelain is wonderfully encrusted throughout: flowers and birds surround the dial, their petals individually formed from paper-thin polychrome porcelain. The case is surmounted by a foliate and floriate vase-shaped finial, while the lower section of the vase features four figures playing music and dancing to their tunes. The piece is entirely Rococo in its style, in its motifs, and in its colour palette—and is a spectacular example of its type.
It is marked underside with underglaze cross swords for Meissen, as well as the number 14 in red pigment.