Lesieur a Paris
The substantial well-cast and finished patinated bronze and ormolu mantle clock depicts a seated figure of Erato clad in flowing drapery and playing an ormolu lyre, has numerous decorative mounts including winged griffins and muses, is surmounted by a bust of Homer and is supported by a variegated verde antico marble and ormolu base that is adorned with several appliques representing the arts.
The fine white porcelain dial has black Roman numerals for the hours, Breguet-style steel-cut hands and is signed by the maker, ‘Lesieur a Paris’.
The eight-day time and strike movement has the fast slow out the front, count-wheel striking on a bell and still retains the original silk-thread suspension.
Lesieur is listed as working at Rue de la Verrerie from 1812-1850.
Erato was the muse of lyric and love poetry and was a favorite theme for such bronzers as Thomire and Galle.
Homer is considered the father of epic poetry.
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