CUPID AND PSYCHE: AN ALLEGORICAL FIGURAL CLOCK

CUPID AND PSYCHE: AN ALLEGORICAL FIGURAL CLOCK

1820 Continental

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To be executed in gilt bronze; silvered metal dial

A standing female figure aside an altar topped by an urn and Venus’s string of pearls with a mandolin to one side, the anthemion decorated frieze with a central medallion of Cupid and Psyche at the Altar of Love 17¾in. high

For a summary of the late Antique fairy tale of Cupid and Psyche, written by Apuleius in the second century BC, and its resonance in the Restauration, see cat. #25. The string of pearls (an attribute of Venus), cast aside on the altar, signifies her catalytic role in this love story.

A clock of this model is in the Spanish royal collection, but with the mandolin and other ornaments no longer present, presumably lost; see Carvajal, 267, #252. A different figural clock with a very similar mandolin was sold at Christie's London, March 26, 1987, lot 60; and another in the Mobilier National is illustrated in Dumonthier, pl. 46.
Dimensions
Height 67.40 cm (26.54 inches)
Width 50.80 cm (20.00 inches)
Medium
Watercolour and gouache over lithographic line, on laid paper
Charles Plante Fine Arts

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