Table-top clock, Empire

Paris, France, c. 1810.

Bronze, glass, gilt, enamel.

37 cm x 31 cm x 11 cm.

This clock depicts a sailor leaning against a cotton bale, holding a pipe. This metaphorical depiction of seafaring and trading is placed on a plate at the front of the timepiece. The feet of the clock are in the shape of arrack barrels. The clockmaker is not conclusively known but the original drawings for the housing, dated 1808, can be found in the collections of the National Library of France.