French, Movement No. 2657, Height 780 mm, circa 1810
A monumental ormolu and marble pendule with digital time display "Pendule à Circles de Tournant" and half hour strike "The Three Graces"
Case: white marble and ormulu. Dial: two revolving white enamel Roman and Arabic chapter rings. Movm.: detachable lid, solid pendule movement with twin barrels, countwheel strike on a bell.
The triangular white marble base with applied gilt bronze decoration. The base carries the three Graces with flower garlands grouped around a central "time globe" with two revolving white enamel Roman and Arabic chapter rings and snake pointer. The globe is surmounted by a putto holding a torch in his hand.
In 18th century art the three graces were considered the embodiment of charm and were occasionally depicted together with Eros, the symbol of carnal and often disastrous love. Francois Boucher immortalized the group in one of his famous paintings, while E.M. Falconet created a wonderful clock with marble statues (around 1779, Paris, Louvre). There are also similar pieced signed by Le Paute.
Lit.: E. Niehueser: "Die franzoesische Bronzeuhr", Munich 1997, p. 112