Lot 7719

France, a rare ormolu and polychrome painted bronze 'Harlequin' mantel clock, Empire; movement with going and striking on a bell, anchor escapement with silk pendulum suspension, brass dial with painted Roman numerals and 'Breguet' hands. The 'cold painted' curved figure Harlequin (Arlecchino), is one of the most popular characters from the 'Commedia dell'arte'. Balancing his hip, he holds a hanging clock in his left hand. A bird emerges from an opening at the top of the clock. The whole stands on an oval base with five graceful legs. At the front a frieze depicting (animal) figures near a fireplace. Provenance: from the collection of J.G.F. van Achterbergh (circa 1860-1936), Huize Gretha, Amersfoort, h. 36.5 cm, w. 23.5 cm, d. 11 cm. [1]