French Empire Figural Mantel Clock "Hercule Farnèse" Attributed to Claude Galle For Sale
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French Empire Figural Mantel Clock "Hercule Farnèse" Attributed to Claude Galle


A French, circa 1810, Empire figural mantel clock, a patinated bronze Farnese Hercules figure stands atop a Napoleon marble base with gilt lion's paw feet, he stands leaning, caught in a rare moment of repose, against a large tree stump and his knobby club, wearing / draped with the pelt of the Nemean Lion (from the first of The Twelve Labours) and holding the three (3) apple of the Hesperides in his left hand (Labour Eleven) suggesting that he has just completed them all clock works are marked "HEMON A PARIS" Claude Hémon, clockmaker, active Paris, 1770-1820 bronzes attributed to Claude Galle, 1759-1815, one of the foremost bronziers and fondeur-ciseleurs of the late Louis XVI and Empire periods the Napoleon(red) marble body measures 3.75" H x 15" L x 5.75" W.


  • Date of manufacture
    circa 1810
  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good. numbers on face appear to have been "cleaned" off, traces of the black remain (visible on the VI at the bottom of the face), on of the back paw feet is a replacement / copy, there is a small "old chip" in the corner of the marble.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions

    H 19 in. x W 16 in. x D 6.5 in.

    H 48.26 cm x W 40.64 cm x D 16.51 cm

  • Seller location
    Dallas, TX
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