Meissen Mantel Table Clock Cherub The Fine Arts by Michel V. Acier, circa 1860

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Meissen Gorgeous Mantel / Table Clock, abundantly decorated with Sculptured Figurine (= Cherub) and Symbols of Fine Arts.

Manufactory: Meissen
Hallmarked: Blue Meissen Sword Mark with Pommels on Hilts
Model Number D 78
Former's Number 88 / 51
FIRST QUALITY
Dating: made circa 1860
Material:
-- porcelain, glossy finish
-- brass (concerning hands and frame of door)
-- glass (concerning door of clockface)
-- enamel (concerning clockface)
Technique: handmade porcelain
Style: Rococo (made middle of 19th century)

THIS TABLE CLOCK WAS MODELLED BY:
MICHEL VICTOR ACIER (1736-1799) / circa 1770-1772.
The sculptor was born in Versailles / France. He had studied Art of Sculpture in Paris and was appointed as sculptor of Meissen Porcelain Manufactory then (1762). Acier created many models generally in style of Rococo and specially in Watteau style. Finally, the sculptor became Model Master of the Saxon King in year 1780, moving to Dresden then.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:
The table clock is stunningly decorated with a sculptured figurine of a lovely cherub which supports itself at the clockwork being covered with a purple red cloth / the clock's top piece is crowned with Symbols of Fine Arts - these are:
°ART OF SCULPTURE (BUST / HAMMER)
°ART OF PAINTING (PALLET FOR PAINTING)
°ART OF MUSIC (LUTE / HUNTING HORN / BOOK WITH MUSICAL NOTES)
°ART OF ARCHITECTURE (COLUMN WITH LAUREL WREATH / SQUARE / TRIANGLE)
The book held by the boyish cherub shows two pages on which the following words can be read:
Le tem(p)s s'enfuit pourquoi le regretter, malgré la perte volage qui nous force à le quitter, en faire usage, c'est l'arrêter.
ENGLISH TRANSLATION:
Time always goes by with cyberspeed, why we have to regret this / in spite of this perennial loss which forces mankind
to leave time behind we're forced to exploit time which means to stop it ...
-- ENAMEL CLOCKFACE protected by brass door having domed glass attached to middle area / two hands made of brass (= for hour as well as for minute) and original pendulum existing. Latin (Roman) as well as Arab Numerals visible.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Sabine & Thomas Bergmann, Meissen Figures / Model Numbers A 1 - Z 99, Erlangen / Germany 2014, page 231 (catalogue number 449)

MEASURES / DIMENSIONS:
height: 24.0 cm / 9.44 inches
width: 24.5 cm / 9.64 inches
depth: 13.5 cm / 5.31 inches

CONDITION: EXCELLENT
There aren't any damages existing. The clock's mechanism is working well.

SHIPPING NOTE: This Meissen Table Clock will be excellently wrapped and packed in special box.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. There aren't any damages existing. the clock's mechanism is working well / it was checked by clockmaker.
  • Dimensions
    9.44 in. H x 9.64 in. W x 5.31 in. D
    24 cm H x 24 cm W x 13 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, Austria
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU101449341161
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