Mantel clock in the form of an obelisk

Mantel clock in the form of an obelisk

ca. 1780
Chased gilt bronze; antique yellow, bleu turquin, red griotte and sea green marble.
Inscription on the face: Crosnier in Paris (Antoine Crosnier, Master clockmaker in 1763)
Inv. CAM 601
© Les Arts Décoratifs / photo: Jean-Marie del Moral

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The mechanism of this clock is topped with an obelisk, a symbol of eternity, on which Iris, the messenger of the gods, travels between the sky (represented by the globe at the top) and the sea (symbolized by Neptune, the god of the oceans).

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