Cast from bronze and beautifully gilt, Athena reclines across the top of this Louis XVI period mantel clock. She holds in her hand a shield, the face of which is embossed with an image of Medusa. Athena reclines across the top of the gilt bronze clock drum, within which is contained a white enamel dial inscribed with Roman numerals. Below the drum is draped a gilt bronze mount of interlacing, winding vines; the clock pendulum, a sunburst, hangs beneath the cluster of vines.
The clock drum is supported by twin malachite pillars, each extensively mounted with gilt bronze elements. The front of each pillar is inset with a grey marble pilaster, in front of which stands a gilt bronze figure. The pillars are raised by a flat malachite base, ornately shaped in profile and mounted with still more gilt bronze elements, all of which are distinctly Classical.
The malachite veneer is a later, beneficial addition. The clock dial is signed ‘Terrien à Paris’.