Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché
Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché
Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché
Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché
Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché
Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché
Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché
Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché
Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché
Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché
Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock Toilette de Psyché

LEPINE A PARIS (worked c.1736-1916)

Rare French Empire gilt bronze clock "Toilette de Psyché"

1805 to 1810 France

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Superb gilt bronze clock " Psyche at Her Toilet", Empire period circa 1805. Attributed to the clockmaker Lépine, Paris. Mercury gilt bronze and sea green marble, original movement with silk thread. Enamel dial.

Cupid standing on a stool, presents a jewel, emanating from a box on a console, to the goddess Psyche. Both naked under their fine draperies in the Antique manner.

Femininity is at the centre of the model devoted to Psyche's toilet and is perfectly suited to an Empress's boudoir. This clock is dedicated to the cult of beauty and its immortality. The mirror, a psyche, is surmounted by a peacock, symbol of immortality, and is flanked by two swan’s necks, symbols of purity. The butterflies around the enamelled dial are linked to renewal and resurrection and are a nod to the love story of Zephyr and the goddess. Caryatids capped in the Egyptian style, seat with claw feet in arches decorated with fringes.

Rare pendulum model, the only listed to date was part of the collections of the French Mobilier National. It was offered by Lépine himself to the Empress Josephine in 1805 and adorned the boudoir of her apartment in the palace of Saint-Cloud. It was acquired by the Garde-Meuble and used at the Palais du Grand Trianon in 1811.

Size: H 46 x W 42cm x D 13.5cm

In the book " Pendules du Mobilier national 1800-1870 ", the author Marie-France Dubuy-Baylet emits the possibility that this model was created by Lépine for the empress.

Excellent
Private Collection
Lit: Figures on the cover and on pages 58-59 of the book "Pendules du Mobilier National 1800-1870", by Marie-France Dubuy-Baylet, published by Faton Editions;

and "Symbols of Power, Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style 1800-1815", by Odile Nouvel-Kammerer, Abrams Publishing, p 258.
Dimensions
External Height 46.00 cm (18.11 inches)
External Width 42.00 cm (16.54 inches)
External Depth 13.00 cm (5.12 inches)
Medium
Gilt bronze
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