A NAPOLEON III GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE FIGURAL MANTLE CLOCK, BY GAUTIER, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, nicely cast with a figure of the goddess Aphrodite gazing pensively downwards and wearing long classical robes while holding a lyre in her lap and seated on a monopodia stool, on a rectangular black marble panel above a reeded cavetto and paired scrolls frieze, over a gilt circular dial with white enamel plaques centering blue Roman chapters, enclosing a "C" scrolls detailed face with blued steel hands and twin key escapements over two banners inscribed "GAUTIER / a Paria," within a pierced bezel of tendril vine entwined strapwork set within a black marble block form case and flanked by scrolling foliate bracket mounts, verso the brass eight-day clock mechanism stamped "E. AIZELIN," interior mounted with an octagonal metal plaque stamped "DES FOSSIS DU TEMPLE / MUDESSE, / MARBRIER / BREVETE / PARIS," over a base of continuous paired "C" details modeled in relief and trimmed in beading, raised on a conforming plinth with reticulated blossoming scrolls cast feet. Height: 24 1/4" Width: 21" Depth: 10 1/2" Provenance: Lifelong Collection of Clocks and Antiques, Navasota, Texas
Good condition with normal faint scratches, some dings, and some tiny edge wear on the black marble parts, lacking glass bezel cover. Simpson Galleries does not guarantee any timepiece or clock mechanism. Simpson Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Simpson Galleries regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Simpson Galleries. All lots offered are sold "AS IS.” NO REFUNDS will be issued based on condition.