FRENCH GILT BRONZE FIGURAL MANTLE CLOCK, H 18 1/2", W 18 1/2", FRANCOIS I AFTER THE BATTLE OF PAVIA:Possibly Directoire period. Francois I in period costume stands next to a draped table with houses the porcelain dial having Roman numerals as well as the time and strike movement. He writes in a book "Madame, Tout est perdu hormis l'honneur" ("Madam, all is lost except honor"), the famous quotation from Francois' letter to his mother, Louise de Savoie, following the king's defeat during the battle of Pavia. The figure and table surmounting a gilt bronze base having a central figural relief panel, probably depicting a symbolic interpretation of the Battle of Pavia, the relief with laurel and ribbon applied decoration to either side, raised on Egyptian-stylized paw feet and four straight legs. Having attached "F" decoration encircled by wreaths to either side. The clock measuring 16" x 14".
Provenance: An identical clock was offered as lot 256 at the auction of private collection of Emil Pares by American Art Galleries in 1919. American Art Association, "Illustrated Catalog of the Entire Extensive Stock and Recently Added Private Collection of Emil Pares, Antiquarian of Paris and New York", 1919, page 81.
There's loose parts at the front, and there are miscellaneous parts underneath the clock. Pendulum may not be original. Scratches and dings to wooden base. The figure's head is loose.