Exquisite Antique Ormolu And Marble Louis XVI Style Miniature Clock
A gorgeous little piece!
Its Carrara Marble base is shaped to resemble a Greek column, and decorated with a Louis XVI style Ormolu (or gilt bronze) garland of roses, held by flowing ribbons.
The lower end of the column is circled by a laurel wreath, while the pedestal is rectangular and decorated with ormolu rosettes on each side.
The clock is in perfect shape! With the roman numbers intact and the 2 delicate hands beautifully worked. It is in working order and rewinds by hand, perfectly on time!
The column is topped by the Goddess Juno holding her sacred Peacock on her right and a cornucopia on her left.
Juno was the Queen of the Roman gods and the goddess of marriage and women, especially in association with childbirth. She married her brother Jupiter and together they had three children: Mars, Juventia and Vulcan.
Her chariot was drawn by peacocks, symbols of the goddess and the birds that were sacred to her.
Although her exact origin is unknown, Juno was one of the oldest of the Roman deities, that is, one of the three original gods — Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva — honored on the Quirinal (later on the Capitoline).
The Cornucopia she holds on her left symbolizes prosperity.
While the style is definitely Louis XVI, this lovely clock dates to the end of the 19th century.
The whole effect is absolutely gorgeous….delicate and beautiful…perfection really….