A large Empire ormolu three piece clock set 'Oath of the Horatii'
A large Empire ormolu three piece clock set 'Oath of the Horatii'
A large Empire ormolu three piece clock set 'Oath of the Horatii'
A large Empire ormolu three piece clock set 'Oath of the Horatii'
A large Empire ormolu three piece clock set 'Oath of the Horatii'
A large Empire ormolu three piece clock set 'Oath of the Horatii'
A large Empire ormolu three piece clock set 'Oath of the Horatii'
A large Empire ormolu three piece clock set 'Oath of the Horatii'
A large Empire ormolu three piece clock set 'Oath of the Horatii'

A large Empire ormolu three piece clock set 'Oath of the Horatii'

c. 1820 France

Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

£24,000 gbp
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Comprising a central clock and a pair of flanking candelabra; the clock decorated with a silvered dial surmounted by decorations of ram's heads, garlands of flowers and spears, and flanked either side by four fully modelled figures; to the right is the father, and to the left his three sons swearing an oath, all set on a rectangular plinth decorated with a panel, on lions paw feet; the pair of flanking six light candelabra similarly decorated and with Egyptian Revival sphinx

Clock height 62cm, width 55.5cm, depth 20.5cm; candelabra height 67cm

The design of the clock case is widely acknowledged to be inspired by one of the most important paintings of French Revolution ‘The Oath of the Horatii’ by Jacques-Louis David (French 1748-1825). Painted in 1784, it depicts the sacrificial oath taken by the three Horati brothers, symbols of ancient Roman valour, before their father holding three swords to stand against the Curati. The base plaque depicts the aftermath of battle where only one of the brothers survives amidst his dying brothers and slain enemies. A similar clock, part of the Royal collection, and now housed at Buckingham Palace, can be seen in Cedric Jagger, Royal Clocks, plate 195, Robert Hale, London 1983.
Dimensions
Height 62.00 cm (24.41 inches)
Width 55.50 cm (21.85 inches)
Depth 20.50 cm (8.07 inches)
Stock Code
11616
Medium
Ormolu (gilt bronze)
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