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Style Neo-Renaissance / Ref.13500

Jules BRATEAU, four-sided clock on a high square base

Width: 4''   10cm
Height: 13'' ¾  35cm
Depth: 4''   10cm

19th century

Good condition

Made in 1900, our clock is a major work by sculptor and goldsmith Jules Brateau. This renowned craftsman won several medals at world's fairs.

Mounted on a central foot, the clock has four finely decorated and chiseled faces. The decoration, in low relief, is a tribute to the artists of the Italian and French Renaissance. The foliage, for their part, is in the spirit of Art Nouveau fashion.

Under the copper-colored dial, representing a silver sun, a winged adolescent rests near a fire.

The iconography is rich in symbols. On one side of the clock, a winged woman, holding a cornucopia, rides the wheel of time or destiny.

On the back of the clock, Adam and Eve are depicted. The original couple echoes the snake adorning the central foot, made of a sunflower branch resting on a blooming carnation. Emerging from a rich plant decor, a Latin inscription means “Let the happy hours be numbered in full”.

Four examples of this clock are known to date, their decorations have some variations. One of them is kept in a private collection. Its blue enamelled dial, the color of the sky, is decorated with a golden sun. Celebrated in the press, our clock was reproduced in the magazine Art et Decoration in July 1900.

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