169. A fine French ormolu Empire mantel clock
A fine French ormolu Empire cloak clock
Finely cast and chiselled case, surmounted by the group of Venus and Amor, flanked by doves hovering over clouds and a beehive with patinated bees, a mount in the shape of two entwined winged female demi-figures below the dial, the rectangular base set with a relief of a winged putto in a landscape with beehives, flanked by rose mounts, on claw and ball feet, the enamel dial wit Roman numerals, signed Lesieur in Paris, silk suspension bell, strike, anchor movement with flat-bottomed backplate signed lesion.
H. 43 cm
– Auction Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 21 February 1995, lot 459
– Corporate collection, the Netherlands
- Private collection, the Netherlands
Several clockmakers named Lesieur are recorded working in Paris in the early 19th century.
Depicted is Cupid complaining to his mother, Venus, that he is stung by a bee, to which she responds that his wound is nothing to that which he can cause with his arrows.