Agamemnon, Greek Hero of the
Trojan War ~ Fine and Early Bronze Clock
by Honoré Pons
- Circa 1830 ~
~~ Excellent condition, fully overhauled ~~
A monumental early bronze and Sienna Marble clock by the superb
maker Honoré Pons. The stunning sculpture depicts
who led the Greeks to victory at Troy as told in Homer's Iliad. He stands on the
rocks, sea washing around him with fist raised to lead the battle on to Trojan
soil. The stern of his vessel, with stylised serpents tail, behind.
The clock's dial is mounted in the massive Sienna Marble plinth with paw feet
and a frieze of applied acanthus scrolls. The dial surround is modelled as an
acanthus wreath, an allegory for victory. The dial itself is silvered bronze
with an engine-turned centre and beautiful, original blued steel hands. The rear
door is glazed to allow the movement to be seen.
The French movement is of excellent quality and is fitted with the earlier silk suspension. The clockmaker is
Honoré Pons, is listed in Loomes and Baillie and is credited as reviving the clockmaking industry in Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont near Dieppe. He was sent there in 1806 by the Minister of the Interior and over the next decades built up clockmaking there until his death in 1857. This movement has the mark of "gold medal 1827" on the backplate, see picture below. Movement is in excellent, clean and running condition having been fully cleaned and serviced by our clockmaker. Pendulum is a replacement. Click the movie below to hear the bell and watch the clock running!
Condition of the case is
very good, the bronze is in lovely original condition, the original patination
has some nice wear to the high posts. The marble has some old repair work to the
right hand side lower panel, and the left hand side upper panel. The front lower
panel has some light cracks but the marble is solid and has a good colour and
ploish. The dial is also in excellent
condition, stunning fresh silvering and lettering.
Honoré Pons clockmaker's mark on the movement backplate and
signed to the dial
Complete with pendulum, bell and a suitable key. Full setting up
instructions supplied if required.
*Listed in AUD, UKP and USD, please see our store for your prefered currency*.
Dimensions of clock:
Height 30", Width 16 1/4", Depth 8 1/4"
Height 76 cm, Width 41.5 cm, Depth 21 cm
- All of our clocks are original antiques, we source most of our clocks in
France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. We prefer to buy our clocks in
original 'dirty' condition. We then clean the cases using a technique we have
developed over many years. We employ two qualified clockmakers who overhaul
the movements. Movements are thoroughly tested until we are satisfied that they
will run trouble free.