French Empire Mantel Clock Depicting Cupid and Psyche
Our Empire ormolu and patinated bronze and rouge royale marble clock depicting Cupid and Psyche,
circa 1815-1820, is attributed to the Paris bronzier, Pierre-Victor Ledure, after the model by Claude Michallon (1751-1799) from around 1814. Dial is signed Lesieur à Paris for the clockmaker founded by Francois Eugene Lesieur, active on the rue de la Verrerie from circa 1790 to 1850. Measures approximately 31 in tall and 21 in across.
According to Sotheby's, two clocks of this model are known and signed by Ledure. One, in the Ministry of Defense, Paris is illustrated H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 350, fig. 5.7.1. The other was sold Sotheby's New York, 10 November 1986, lot 105. The attribution of the design to Michallon derives from an invoice from 1816 by Feuchère for Würzburg in which he mentions this "pendule de Psyché couronnant l'amour groupe modelé par feu Michallon". See Lot 171 of Sotheby's sale of IMPORTANT FRENCH FURNITURE, AND CARPETS in New York on May 8, 2009, for a similar clock attributed to Ledure with dial signed similarly.