SUMMER: AN ALLEGORICAL FIGURAL CLOCK

SUMMER: AN ALLEGORICAL FIGURAL CLOCK

1820 Continental

Offered by Charles Plante Fine Arts

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To be executed in gilt bronze and rouge marble; enamel and gilt bronze dial

A putto holding a sheaf of corn, his right foot resting on a cornucopia of fruit, bearing the dial to its front; the plinth with a medallion head of Ceres, flanked by stylised floral anthemia 17in. High

Both a cornucopia and a sheaf of corn are emblematic of summer. The former, the horn of plenty, overflowing with earth's fruits, is an attribute of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture and personification of summer. The bound sheaf of wheat not only represents Summer's harvest, but also the strength that comes from Concord, in the present context a theme close to Louis XVIII's oft stated inclusive policy, by which he sought not to exclude former Revolutionaries and Bonapartists, and as confirmed in the amnesty law passed by the Senate in January, 1816, for all except the regicides.
Dimensions
Height 49.70 cm (19.57 inches)
Width 6.00 cm (2.36 inches)
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and ink, on laid paper
Charles Plante Fine Arts

Charles Plante Fine Arts
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