Empire period gilt bronze Lyre clock with a bust of Homer
Important clock-regulator entirely realized in gilded bronze of the Empire period. It has a lyre shape with seven strings and a bust of Homer crowned with laurels. The front of the clock in gilt bronze is decorated in its lower part with a mythological scene representing Homer and a young boy in an oval cartouche, framed on both sides by attributes such as military trophies, palmettes, rais-de-coeur, laurel tori and cassolettes. The central part of the semicircular clock with linear motifs of braids, acanthus leaves and six stars surrounded by laurel wreaths, is placed on a console base with curved volutes. The compensated pendulum movement is supported at the back by a bust of the poet Homer, itself raised by two allegories probably Justice carrying a sword and Victory holding a palm. The whole rests on a plinth with four small feet decorated with rosettes and fleurons. The lobed dial with acanthus leaves, marked " Gallien à Paris ", displays the hours in Roman numerals.
Base dimensions: 28.5 cm x 12 cm (11.22 in x 4.72 in)
Overall dimensions: W: 28,5cm, D: 12cm, H: 70cm.
Overall dimensions: W: 11.2in, D: 4.7in, H: 27.6in.
Condition Report: In good overall condition. Mechanism has been cleaned, serviced and is in working order.
Gallien in Paris
Matthieu Gallien was a bronze manufacturer established in Paris at 93 Rue de la Verrerie at the end of the 18th century. In 1809, under the sign "Au Maître de tout", he hired a certain Louis-Isidore Choiselat whom he married to his eldest daughter. When the master died, Louis-Isidore took over the business, which became Choiselat-Gallien "Au maître de tout, fabricant de bronzes, doreur et argenteur". In 1815, he received the title of bronze manufacturer from Monsieur, the king's brother, for his regular rentals of candlesticks and candelabras. In January 1816, he obtained the patent of supplier of ornaments for the churches and chapels of the king. He received numerous orders from the royal and noble circles for churches as well as for residences.
- KJELLBERG Pierre, Encyclopedia of the French clock from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, Paris, Les éditions de l'amateur, 1997.