MANTLE CLOCK. MEISSEN, GERMANY, 18TH CENTURY

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Reference: ZF0138

Table clock Meissen, Germany, 18th century.
Glazed porcelain, metal, glass.
The base of the watch has lines with pronounced curves and outstanding movement, in line with Rococo works of the eighteenth century, and has been enhanced with flowers of various colors and sizes. On it, stands a rock and a cluster of clouds. In these two elements have been placed three swans, two ladies, two small Cupids (one with a dove) and, finishing the set, a female figure sitting on a car and accompanied by another child Cupid. Under the car, the white dial of the clock is placed, with Roman numerals for the hours and in Arabic numerals (every five) for the minutes.
The lady with the diadem sitting in the car is the goddess Venus, and the swans are the animals that pull her vehicle. The Goddess of Beauty according to classical mythology is a common theme in the arts of the eighteenth century, noting also the influence of Neoclassicism on the features of the figures. Note, however, the presence of Rococo elements in the table clock.
This sculptural group, made of glazed porcelain, had to be really popular at the Meissen Factory among its luxury clients, since several examples have been preserved in private collections around the world (many, however, without having been converted to clock). This center was the first, in all Europe, to achieve the real hard-paste porcelain formula (1708, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus), beginning its production and its long history in 1710, always emphasizing the quality of its work and his figures and variety of designs."


· Size: 46x33x60 cms.

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