Early 19th Century Imposing Bronze à la Geoffrin Clock Henri Picard


Imposing mantel clock in gilded and patinated bronze and marble, model said to the Geoffrin.
Picard stamped bronzes, around 1840.

On a rectangular base rests a woman, in patinated bronze, seated on a base reading a book. She wears an antique drapery and is styled in a bun with a central parting. With her left arm, she leans on the dial of our pendulum which is surmounted by two knotted oak branches and has leafy consoles at its base.
The female figure here represented symbolizes “the Use of Time” which is the second name under which this model of pendulum is listed.

The finely chiseled bronzes are stamped by the famous Parisian founder and gilder Henri Picard, who supplied the “small apartments of the Louvre” for the Emperor Napoleon III and was recognized for the high quality of his production of table pieces and garnishes. fireplace. Also the marble is signed Picard below. Movement with wire suspension, enamelled dial with Roman and Arabic numerals, striking hours and half hours.

The Time Use Clock was created for Madame Geoffrin, which explains the common name of this model, the work of sculptor Laurent Guiard.
Madame Geoffrin (1699-1777) born Marie-Thérèse Rodet held one of the main literary salons of the Age of Enlightenment. She received the most brilliant authors of her time, and in particular the team of the Encyclopedia, Diderot, Voltaire, d’Alembert as well as many personalities of the arts.


L cm 72
H cm 57
P cm 23

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