Clock with the bust of Apollon
Signed on the dial EMARD TRUCHEUR A BAR LE DUC
Height : 55 cm (21,6 in.) ; Width : 22 cm (8,6 in.) ; Depth : 10,5 cm (4,1 in.)
Lovely Charles X period clock in chiseled and gilded bronze, and crystal. The lyre-shape movement is framed by four cut and faceted Baccarat crystal columns topped with pine cones and a bust of Apollo. The dial is decorated in its lower half with friezes of flowers, foliage and a lion’s head. It rests on a rectangular base adorned with foliage scrolls whose lower part, surrounded by a frieze of water leaves, ends with four feet.
The famous crystal manufacture of Baccarat, that dates back to the 18th century, was awarded its first medal in 1823, during the “Exposition des Produits de l’Industrie” for the “brilliance and the sharpness of its crystal” and became then the most renowned French “cristallerie”. Baccarat was undoubtedly the only French manufacture, that exhibited steadily and magnificently its products at the various Universal Exhibitions, and especially between 1855 and 1867. Reports of the Universal Exhibition, from 1855 to 1867, talk about the “perfection of the material and of its cut”, considered superior of those from Bohemia or England.