Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock
Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock
Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock
Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock
Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock
Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock
Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock
Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock
Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock
Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock
Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock

Attributed to ROBERT ROBIN (1741-1799)

Achilles and Agamemnon gilt bronze and Lapis lazuli Clock

1800 to 1814 France

Offered by L'Egide Antiquités

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Extremely rare and impressive Empire figural clock representing "Achilles and Agamemnon’s dispute over the scarifies of Iphigenia". The stepped plinth and drum case are entirely covered with deep blue lapis-lazuli, embellished by a bas-relief and gilt bronze military trophies to the glory of Achilles. The bas-relief shows the scene of Iphigenia taken to the altar for her sacrifice. Movement with silk suspension. Mercury fire gilding.

Size : H 62cm x W 54cm x D 19cm.

Attributed to the clockmaker Robert Robin in Paris. A similar clock entirely in gild bronze is in the collection of the very prestigeous French "Mobilier National" and is illustrated in the book “Pendules du mobilier national 1800-1870” by Marie-France Dupuy-Baylet, Faton éditions, p113.
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Lit: “Iphigenia at Aulis” is the last tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Euripides.

The play revolves around Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek forces in the Trojan War, and his decision to sacrifice his own daughter, Iphigenia, in order to allow his troops to set sail and preserve their honour by doing battle against Troy.

So Agamemnon sends a message to his wife telling her to bring Iphigenia to Aulis, on the pretext that the girl is to be married to the Greek warrior Achilles before he sets off to fight. Innocent of the real reason for her summoning, the young Iphigenia is thrilled at the prospect of marrying one of the great heroes of the Greek army.

But, when Achilles discovers the truth, he is furious at having been used as a prop in Agamemnon's plan, and he vows to defend Iphigenia, although more for the purposes of his own honour than to save the innocent girl.
Dimensions
Height 62.00 cm (24.41 inches)
Width 54.00 cm (21.26 inches)
Depth 19.00 cm (7.48 inches)
Weight 30.00g (0.96oz t)
Medium
Gilt bronze and Lapis-lazuli
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Empire period
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