CLOCKIN ALABASTER, "THE ABDUCTION OF EUROPE
Rare alabaster clock representing "The abduction of Europa" by Zeus metamorphosed into a bull. Europe, dressed in an antique tunic revealing a breast, is seated on the back of the animal decorated with garlands of flowers and holds in her hand a drape flying in the air. The whole rests on a rectangular base where the gilded bronze dial with Roman numerals is inserted, surrounded by two dolphins in low relief. The dial is signed "Alibert A Paris". The myth tells that Europa, Phoenician princess, daughter of Agenor, king of Tyre, while walking on the seashore with her companions, was noticed by Zeus for her beauty. The god decided to transform himself into a bull so that he could approach her. Europa, touched by the animal, sat on his back. Zeus took the opportunity to leap towards the sea and kidnap her.
Dim: W:32cm, D:14cm, H:53cm.
Condition report: A crack under the mechanism, front face. Missing a small piece of ribbon at the right dolphin. Mechanism serviced and in working order.