Lot 464

Large fireplace clock, signed "Thomire"
Height: 54 cm.
Length: 43 cm.
Depth: 18 cm.
On the dial ring the distributor signature "Thomire à Paris", on the side of the Roman Six Watchmaker's signature "Moinet-Horloger". The case base on the left side signed "Thomire-Paris".

Bronze, burnished and gilded. Case construction in the form of a longitudinally rectangular recumbent plinth above a protruding base with stud feet and burnished relief decoration, in the form of a frieze of reeds and laurel wreaths. On the plinth is the figure of the Greek goddess Athena (Latin Minerva), goddess of science and war craft, enthroned to the right. According to the mythological context, she wears a Corinthian helmet, crowned with a sphinx and reliefs with two ram heads, in her hand a gilded rotolus, and on her chest a gorgoneion. In a relaxed sitting posture she has placed her right arm on the highly oval cheek of the throne, in which a field in relief appears gilded with a white enamelled ring of numerals showing the Roman hours. Blued Breguet hands, fourteen-day movement, pendulum on thread suspension, lock disc striking mechanism for half hours and hour strike on bell. Movement not tested.

The watchmaker Louis Moinet (1768-1853) was the inventor of the chronograph and author of the famous watchmaking textbook "Traité d'horlogerie". Pierre Philippe Thomire (1751-1843) was the most prominent bronzier of his time in France. (1241116) (2) (11)


Large mantle clock, signed "Thomire"

Height: 54 cm.
Length: 43 cm.
Depth: 18 cm.
Distributor signature "Thomire à Paris" on dial ring, next to the Roman numeral six clock maker's signature "Moinet-Horloger". The clock case base signed "Thomire-Paris" on the left.

Bronze, burnished and valid.