after PIERRE VICTOR LEDURE (French 1783-184?) A FRENCH EMPIRE/LOUIS XVIII GILT BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK, PARIS, CIRCA 1814, cast, parcel gilt bronze, signed in black paint, "Ledure Bronzier," the robed figure of the ancient Athenian orator and Greek statesman, Demosthenes, points a famous letter he wrote to King Philippe of Macedonia, his scroll resting over an octagonal shield shape, with a mask of Hermes, issuing flower garlands wrapped in chains, above a circular machine turned dial, with hand painted Roman numeral hour marks, within a flower bloom edge, above a relief lyre with wreaths and ribbons, flanked by a vessel of scrolls, on a base fronted by a relief frieze scene of the suicide of Demosthenes, as he drinks poison from a reed, raised on a wide plinth, terminating in flat ball feet with laurel leaf and berry wreath motif chasing, clock height: 21 1/2", width: 15 1/4", depth: 6 1/4"; raised on a late French Empire style mahogany pedestal, pedestal height: 29 1/4", width: 18 1/2", depth: 10 1/2". NOTE: A similar clock is documented in the collection of Jerez de la Frontera, Museo de Relojes. Reference: Ottomeyer, Hans/Peter Proschel, "Vergoldete Bronzen: Die Bronzearbeiten de Spatbarock und Klassizismus," Klinkhardt & Bierman, Muchen, 1986, p. 349.
Some patina, surface wear, rubbing and inpainting of painted features on dial and signature, dust debris, unknown working condition, no keys present, feather is an apparent later addition, the scroll vessel has some loss and damage at back, but overall in good condition, wear commensurate with age and use.
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