Rare French Empire Ormolu Mantel Clock The Oath of the Horatii
Rare French Empire Ormolu Mantel Clock The Oath of the Horatii
Rare French Empire Ormolu Mantel Clock The Oath of the Horatii

Rare French Empire Ormolu Mantel Clock "The Oath of the Horatii"

c. 1805 France

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Two train movement with silk suspension and white enamel dial signed Le Roy, Hgr Du Roi, Paris, in a plinth case flanked by a father and his three sons swearing an oath on their swords, the rectangular base inset with a long plaque depicting the ensuing battle.

The case was inspired by a picture by Jacques Louis David painted in 1784 depicting the sacrificial oath taken by 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.

Examples of the same case can be seen in the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague and in the Museo de Reloges de las Bodegas Zoilo Ruiz-Mateos S/A.
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