Restoration Ormolu Clock Style of Choiselat
A French restoration period gilt and patinated bronze French mantle clock, depicting the mythological Jason, capturing the Golden Fleece with the head of the slain hydra at his feet. Supporting the fleece is a patinated bronze tree rising from a rocky base. The ormolu clock face has a Roman numeral dial and is decorated with two Grecian figures. The rectangular verde antico-veneered base is supported on gilt bronze paw feet. 25" H x 15 1/2" x 7 1/7" D. Circa 1820. Note: This clock is similar to a model signed by Lesieur now in the Musˇe de Malmaison (MM 40-47-470). There are other closely related models including one in the Spanish Royal Collection (see J. Ramon Colon de Carvajal, Catalogo de Relojes del Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1987, p, 186, no. 166), three models signed by Choiselat, one by Feuch¸re, one signed by Ledure and one signed by Lesieur Empire (see Sotheby's lot 151, December 11, 1981, and lot 28, March 3, 2006).
Clock is missing the original works with later electrical works attached to the original dial. Sculptural elements are in very good overall condition. Some chips to the marble base.