A late Louis XVI griotte marble mantel clock representing Fidelity
A late Louis XVI gilt and patinated bronze-mounted griotte marble
mantel clock representing Fidelity, the dial signed Manière à Paris,
the mounts by François Rémond (1747-1812) – circa 1785-1790
The model commercialized by the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre (1725-1796)
Height: 35.5 cm. (14 in.) Width: 36 cm. (14 ¼ in.) Depth: 16.3 cm. (6 ½ in.)
The case is in the form of a marble altar to Fidelity supported by sphinxes and surmounted by a gilt bronze flame. It is flanked by a patinated bronze maiden and putto with a bow and arrows who sacrifice Love to Fidelity. The circular enamel dial is supported by a floral garland issuing from ram’s masks on the angles. The rounded rectangular griotte marble plinth is fitted with a central frieze of putti and rinceaux flanking a central medallion of twinned burning hearts. It rests on six toupie feet.