The field of lighting is a vast one, and all areas are catered for in this category. Whether a simple, rustic 17th century rushnip, or a grand Regency bronze colza oil chandelier; a pressed horn shaded watchman’s lantern or a fine 19th century rock crystal chandelier, all forms, nations of origin, fuel types and materials are covered here.
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Pictured is lot 111, a French Empire style gilt bronze figural mantel clock.
The casing of this clock is modelled as the Chariot of Telemachus after the model by Jean-André Reiche (1752-1817). It features a slipper-shaped chariot or biga driven by Telemachus whilst under the protection of Athena, the chariot wheel forming the silvered chapter ring. The subject is sometimes incorrectly referred to as ‘The Chariot of Apollo’ or ‘The Chariot of Diomedes’ – however we know that the original drawing by Reiche survives in the Bibliotheque National de France in Paris under the original title ‘Char de Telemaque’. Many examples survive of early 19th century models such as one held in the Spanish Royal Collection.
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