Caroline Clifton-Mogg, "The Neoclassical Source Book", 1991, illustrating this clock.
A superb Empire astronomical gilt bronze mounted malachite clock, signed on the ornate enamel dials LESIEUR A PARIS ANNEE 1819. With cases ornamented on each side with wreaths, swags and flaming torcheres, after a design by Charles Percier (1764-1838)
Paris, dated 1819
Height 24.5 cm, length 35 cm, depth 17 cm.
The creation of the Empire style was largely due to the architects and designers, Charles Percier and his friend and collaborator, Pierre Fontaine (1762-1853). After they had transformed Josephine's apartments at Malmaison, Napoleon employed them to create a complete artistic style in keeping with his role as Emperor. Percier and Fontaine designed everything from buildings and interior decorations to furniture, silver and clocks. After the fall of Napoleon they continued to enjoy official patronage but tended to work independently of one another. This clock case captures the spirit of Percier's designs, simplicity of line lavishly decorated with classical ornament and motifs. The complex astronomical movement was made by Lesieur, who worked from Vieille Rue du Temple, 1806 and from 1812-20 and 1830-50 at Rue de la Verrerie, Paris.