An impressive swinging timepiece of French origin. "BRISE d'AUTOMNE / par Aug. Moreau (Med. D'Or)." (Autumn Breeze.) The sculptor is Auguste Marthurin Moreau.
This is a fine example of a French Swing clock made circa 1890. This form, the swing clock, is also called a "Mystery Clock." This model features a classical statues titled "BRISE d’AUTOMNE / par Aug. Moreau (Med. D’Or)." In addition, the Sculptor's name Moreau is signed into the casting.
Auguste Marthurin Moreau was a French artist who worked in the Victorian / Art Nouveau period of 1850 through 1900. He is reported to have been born in 1834 in Dijon and died in 1913 in Malesherbes. Numerous statues are known. Many of which are not fitted with clocks. Some of the characteristics of his Art Noveau style seem to include good anatomy of the maiden figures that are sensuously dressed. These include fine details of flowers and birds.
This example measures approximately 40 inches tall overall and 31 inches tall to the top of the arm. It is approximately 9 inches wide and 11.5 inched deep. It is considered an oversized example measuring more than ten inches taller than what would be considered the more common size. The patina on the casting or the original bronze finish, is in very good condition. The mechanism and the swing is support by the figure's raised left arm. The upper ball is painted green. The dial or time ring features applied Roman hour numeral figures, The movement is encased in this top section or ball. It is brass construction and of excellent quality. It is an eight day time only design with the pendulum swinging behind it. The back plate is die stamped "R / 4751." Below the upper ball is the pivot point for the swing. Three delicate suspension springs provide the breakpoint. Below this are three rods that connect to the smaller ball. When this clock is running, this entire unit moves or swings like the motion of a pendulum. It is very attractive.
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