French Empire gilt bronze clock?

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by EmilyM, Apr 15, 2022.

  1. EmilyM

    EmilyM New Member

    Hi, I have what I think is a French Empire gilt bronze clock. Could anyone help me identify it?

    It's 18.5" tall (to the top of the woman's head) and 13" at the widest point of the base.

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  2. laura9797

    laura9797 Well-Known Member

    Sometimes if you remove the bell, you might find a foundry or manufacturing stamp. It is fairly easy to do.
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  3. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Not a clock guy, but the figure looks like Demeter, the Olympian goddess of the harvest and agriculture.
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  4. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Could also call her Ceres.
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  5. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

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  6. John Fariss

    John Fariss New Member

    Almost certainly French, though whether early or later 19th Century is beyond my "expertise." I would guess early though. As someone else said, removal of the bell might reveal a maker's mark.
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  7. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

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  8. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    I was thinking the same that the colour looks a little weird. Makes me think of something that was spray painted.
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  9. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    In case anyone was wondering why the goddess of grain & the harvest would have a torch, it is not for crop burning. It is an allusion to the time she was going up & down the land searching for her abducted daughter Persephone/Proserpina, when the world was plunged into unrelenting winter.
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  10. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    Interesting information. Thanks
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  11. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    @EmilyM ,the original poster, has not been back for almost a year. Maybe she will get a notice that I tagged her.
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