A French Napoleon III (1852-1870) parcel-gilt and patinated bronze figural mantel clock signed A. Carrier. The bronze cast from the model by Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887). Fitted with a French 8-day rack striking movement for the half hour and hour, with Brocot suspension and dead-beat escapement. The backplate stamped with makers trademark “Japy Frere et Cie, Medaille D’Honneur.” (In use from 1855-1888). The backplate and original pendulum both stamped “108”.
Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (born Albert-Ernest Carrier de Belleuse on 12 June 1824 in Anizy-le-Château, France) was a French sculptor known for his Neoclassical sculptures. He began his training as a goldsmith’s apprentice and was a student of the medallist David d’Angers. He briefly studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. His career is distinguished by his versatility and his work outside France: in England between 1850 and 1855 (working for Mintons), and in Brussels in 1871. He was one of the founding members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1862. Auguste Rodin worked as his assistant between 1864 and 1870. The bronzes he executed prior to 1868 were always signed “Carrier” or “A. Carrier”, but after 1868 his signature was changed to “Carrier-Belleuse”. Before his death on June 4, 1887 in Sevres, France, Carrier-Belleuse was awarded the title of officer of the Legion of Honour.
Dimensions: 53 cm long by 19 cm deep by 51.5 cm tall.
Note: Complete service done 19 May 2019 by Cornelius Lehr.