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1882 Clock Nicholas Mueller's Sons Signed Rococo Marble Metal Demeter Figure

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Dimensions (inches):
17H x 16W x 6.25D
This very rare, investment-grade antique cast metal figural clock is signed by the famous clock manufacturer, Nicholas Mueller's Sons. In 1818, Nicholas Mueller was born in Koblenz, Germany. He immigrated to New York and established a clock business specializing in spelter figures and clock cases with an imitation bronze finish. Upon his death in 1873, the business continued as N Mueller's Sons, and was renown for their very detailed and especially beautiful designs. They used an alloy with a very high lead content in order to achieve such precision in casting. There are 902 known designs, and this exceptional example is marked as number 650. There is also a patent date of April 25 1882 on the works. The details on this antique mantel clock are amazing and include the extremely detailed scroll and leaf work on the clock case as well as the outstanding sculpture of a woman wearing classical dress, holding wheat, and accompanied by a lamb. This figure may represent the Greek goddess, Demeter, or her Roman counterpart, Ceres, who were recognized as goddesses of the harvest and fertility. Striking quite a seductive pose with her bare leg exposed to the hip, the sculpture has fantastic details on the dress, hair and face. The lamb also reveals exceptional detail as the wool seems to have a texture. Notice the pretty winged feet that hold the corners of the black marble embellished base. This wonderful clock is in running condition and won't last long. Don't miss the chance to add this rare antique figural clock by Mueller's Sons to your collection!
Rococo <div>LOUIS XV AND THE ROCOCO REVIVAL STYLE</div><div>The nephew of Napoleon, Napoleon III (1852 1870), Emperor of the Second Empire, has the unusual distinction of being both the last monarch of France and the first President of the French Republic. Napoleon III married the beautiful Spanish Countess, Eugnie de Montijo, whose aristocratic extravagance in dress and jewels reflected her ornate personal taste in furniture and decorative arts, and influenced French furniture makers to reach back to the designs from the glorious court of Louis XV (1715 1774) at Versailles for inspiration, creating the Rococo Revival style.</div><div>The extreme level of exuberant extravagance that blossomed under the reign of Louis XV and his favorite mistress, Madame du Pompadour, is known as the Rococo style. The word Rococo is thought to be a combination of the French rocaille, or shell, and the Italian barocco, or Baroque style. The rounded extravagance of the Rococo Revival style, enormously popular in the 19th century, was based on the original 18th century style. Hallmarks of this style, also known as the Louis XV style, include detailed carvings of birds, flowers (especially roses) and leaves, fruit, and shells. Furniture overflowed with massive carvings and grandiose S and C curves. The cabriole leg, which means a knee leg with concave rounded ankle, was very popular and is also a trademark of the Louis XV style. Rosewood and walnut were popularly used in the Rococo Revival style, along with a great interest in white marble for vanities, nightstands, and parlor tables.</div><div>As the middle class rose in status and wealth with the advent of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, more people were able to afford furniture. This flattening of society in combination with technological advancements created a surge of furniture production. Improved transportation meant a greater variety of wood was available at lower costs. For the first time, furniture became accessible and affordable to the common man. From the 1830s to the end of the 19th century, furniture makers reached back to earlier historical styles, and reinterpreted them with a great deal of creativity and experimentation. Although machines were used to increase speed and productivity, most of the carvings were still done by hand. As furniture began to be created cooperatively in workshops, the practice of signing pieces (required by law from 1743 to 1789) was not as prevalent. Most French pieces from the 19th century do not have makers marks or signatures.</div>
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Item Specifics:
Shows normal wear to the finish and miscellaneous nicks, dings, and scratches due to age and use.
    <li>Clock is in running condition.</li><li>Strike (Hour) Function: Strike in working order.</li><li>Chime (Qtr or Half Hour or Music) Function: Not applicable.</li><li>Key Included, may or may not be original key.</li>
    <li>Clock is in running condition.</li><li>Strike (Hour) Function: Strike in working order.</li><li>Chime (Qtr or Half Hour or Music) Function: Not applicable.</li><li>Key Included, may or may not be original key.</li>
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