Important Gilt Bronze and Swedish Porphyry War Trophy Mantel Clock
Sweden, first third of the 19th century, circa 1815-1820
The gilt bronze dial, adorned with a frieze of stylised foliage, indicates the hours, in Arabic numerals and the graduated minutes, by means of a pair of blued steel hands. It is set in a moulded, truncated Swedish porphyry column, which rests on a square base cut from the same block of marble. Surrounding the dial are high-relief ormolu mounts depicting a ribbon-tied swag of oak leaves and acorns and two Hercules’ clubs. The column is surmounted by a very fine military trophy adorned with two olive branches and made up of shields bearing foliage, palmettes, a rosette, and winged thunderbolts, a beam with a ram’s head, a quiver with feather-topped arrows, a flail, an axe, and a long warrior’s tunic topped by a plumed helmet.