French Empire "Farnese Hercules" Mantel Clock attributed to Claude Galle
- 15.5ʺW × 9.25ʺD × 19ʺH
- Early 19th Century
a circa 1810, French Empire figural mantel clock, a patinated bronze Farnese Hercules figure stands atop a Napoleon marble base ...
more a circa 1810, French Empire figural mantel clock, a patinated bronze Farnese Hercules figure stands atop a Napoleon marble base withe gilt lion's paw feet, he stands leaning, caught in a rare moment of repose, against a large tree stump and his knobby club, wearing / draped with the pelt of the Nemean Lion (from the first of The Twelve Labours) and holding the three (3) apple of the Hesperides in his left hand (Labour Eleven) suggesting that he has just completed them all
clock works are marked "HEMON A PARIS"
Claude Hémon, clockmaker, active Paris 1770-1820
bronzes attributed to Claude Galle 1759-1815, one of the foremost bronziers and fondeur-ciseleurs of the late Louis XVI and Empire periods
the Napoleon(red) marble body measures 3.75" H x 15" L x 5.75" W less