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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.
|Height||67.40 cm||(26.54 inches)|
|Width||50.80 cm||(20.00 inches)|