A FINE NAPOLEON III GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE FIGURAL MANTLE CLOCK, BY VICTOR PAILLARD, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, beautifully cast and chased representing an allegory of love, modeled as the classically robed Cupid with a mischievous expression, holding a hammer, ready to strike the three tiered bell atop the adjoining rectangular pedestal (stamped with crowned VP), suspending a blossoming garland and fruiting grapevine flanking his gilt bow, beneath a circular hinged bezel with glass dome opening to a white enamel dial enclosing black Roman chapters and Arabic five minute numerals, encircling "VICTOR PAILLARD ET DE BRONZES À PARIS" centering gilt pierced hands with engraved scrolling details and twin key escapements, reversing to the internal clockworks stamped with an oval "VR PAILLARD A PARIS," above "838," and an oval "RODIER A PARIS" above an oval "Medaille d'Or 1827 Paris," concealed by the domed metal bell stamped "H," over a demi-lune socle flaring to a conforming paneled plinth mounted with paired cooing doves and his gilt quiver of arrows, above a bold gilt block marguerite and sinuous berried acanthus pendants flanked by gilt ring handled sides, raised on flaring rectangular knopped feet. Height: 30.00" Width: 19.00" Depth: 9.00" Note: Victor Paillard (French 1805-1886), a sculptor and bronzier whose fine quality of design and casting quickly elevated him from the hundreds of others in the same milieu during the 19th century. As early as 1830 he opened an establishment offering fine objets d'art and furnishings which led to him collaborating with other greats such as Ferdinand Barbedienne and Balzac. His clientele included the French government - the interior bronze decorations for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Empress Eugenie, notable Russian families and other wealthy patrons. His fame was to continue to expand after participating in the 1851 London Crystal Palace Exhibition and the 1855 Paris Universal Exhibition. During his lifetime he was awarded distinguished national and international awards before passing in 1886, where he was interred at the historic Pere-Lachaise cemetery.