Annular Dial Clock
Post Road Gallery
Fine Decorative Arts
French Empire Annular Dial clock
"Oblivious of Time"
Movement by Lepine

Doré and Patinated Bronze
Circa 18
19 inches high

The original model for this clock resides at Château de Malmaison, Napoleon's home outside of Pairs. The design is attributed to Claude Gallé and is thought to date to 1810. The movement for this clock is stamped on the backplate and has winding arbors and a time set arbor hidden behind the garland on the front panel. In the lower marble section of the base is the inscription "Obli du Tems" or Oblivious of Time, written on the bronze ribbon between the two maidens. It probably refers to the enduring timelessness of classical, and thus empire, design

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