This mantel clock has a white marble base with marble columns and brass capitols. The combination of heavy white marble and brass gives weight to the open structure of the clock. The body of the clock is influenced by Greek architecture and similarly, the brass adornments reference Greek mythology by the use of Caryatid figures and the Pegasus in flight. These symbols were commonly used in neoclassical decorative arts. The brass details and adornments contribute significantly to its aesthetic appeal.
Note: The similarity between the Chopin clock and the clock resting on the mantel in the sitting room of a Boston home in 1894. Photo source: The Tasteful Interlude by William Seale published by AltaMira Press (1982). Photo credit: Boston Athenaeum.
H-16 W-10.5 D-3.5 inches
Brass and Marble
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