Pendule with allegory of the sciences, France, Empire/end of 18th century

bronze, partly gilded

measurements: 52,0 x 32,5 x 13,0 cm

The clock in a rectangular case bears a stylized curtain motif and an enameled clockface. A young female is sitting on top of this clock reading in an open book. Under the clockface and framed by the curtain two figures symbolise the sciences of fine arts, architecture and geography. Corresponding with this decoration one can learn in the book in the hands of the lady that those studies carried out for the benefit of science value a man for society. This motto always reminds one to use time carefully.