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Exquisite Circa 1800 French Angel Arrow maker Clock

Price: $10,000
  • Item No: 72728

Exquisite circa 1800 French gilt bronze angel blacksmith making arrows. This is a unique clock. He is a beautiful angel hammering arrowheads on his anvil. He is a metal working angel with all of his tools. On the sides of the clock face is a storage area for the angel's tools. He has files, hammers, and other tools used by a blacksmith in the 18th century. Whoever designed this clock was a true master. The clock is signed on the face M. Housse Fils a Amiens. The angel making the arrows measures 10-1/2 inches from the top of his head to the bottom of his foot, wingspan 4 inches. From the base to the top of the angel's hammer it measures 16-3/4 inches. The clock has a width of 12-3/4 inches and a depth of 4-1/2 inches. The front of the clock has a beautiful high relief sculptured scene with 2 cherubs and a beehive. One cherub is shooting an arrow into the beehive and the other cherub is holding a flaming torch to smoke the bees out so that they may enjoy the sweet honey inside. On either side of the central sculpture are 2 high relief decorative applications depicting crossed flaming torches with a quiver and arrows in the center tied together with a large ribbon. The clock rests on four adjustable round feet. The quality of the sculpture and the unique theme make it one of the most desirable circa 1800 French gilt bronze angel clocks extant. This clock has its original pendulum and key . All French clocks of this period ring one bell at the 1/2 hour and exact number of bells for actual time. For example 8:00 would ring 8 bells. This is a rare 18th century silk suspension French movement with one of the most beautiful sculptured angels you might ever hope to find. Guaranteed to please the most particular collector or connoisseur. There were two little chips on the clock face near the key holes. We had an expert restorer fix the clock face. It is perfect now. He also serviced the clock it keeps perfect time.

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