Large figural Clock garniture signed Houdon
An exceptional large 19th Century French figural Clock set after a model by Jean Antoine Houdon. Mounted with a large bronze model of a cupid holding a gilt bow and arrow, upon a naturalistic base with flowers and doves, Supported on a Rouge marble and ormolu mounted circular base with inset clock. Each candelabra modeled with a sitting Putti holding a branch with two lights in each hand, raised upon a circular ormolu mounted Rouge marble base.
Height: 36″ (91 cm)
Width: 15″ (38 cm)
Depth: 20″ (20 cm)
Height: 26″ (66 cm)
Width: 12″ (30 cm)
Depth: 9″ (22 cm)
Jean-Antoine Houdon a French Neoclassical portrait sculptor, best known for his busts of contemporary political and cultural figures of the French Enlightenment. His work is characterized by its lively sense of realism and lack of idealism, capturing his subject’s transient expressions. Influenced by Classical masters such as Michelangelo, he often sculpted directly from life or by casting his model’s faces. He was born in Versailles, France on March 25, 1741, and after attending several French institutions of fine art during his youth—notably including the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture—Houdon found success after submitting his terra-cotta patinated plaster cast Morpheus to the Paris Salon of 1771. He had a lengthy and prolific career, sculpting such prominent figures as Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire, and even George Washington, for which he crossed the Atlantic and spent 12 days at Mount Vernon. Though he fell out of popularity and narrowly avoided imprisonment at the hands of the French Revolution for his bourgeois ties, his popularity later resumed and he was inducted into the Legion of Honor in 1804. He died in Paris, France on July 15, 1828, and is now interred in the famed Montparnasse Cemetery.