"The Chariot of Venus" mantel clock

"The Chariot of Venus" mantel clock
Title
"The Chariot of Venus" mantel clock
Date 
ca. 1803-1810
Medium 
Bronze, marble, gilding, glass, wood
Dimensions 
overall, with dome: 24 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 11 in. ( 62.2 x 64.8 x 27.9 cm )
Description 
Empire style ormolu mantel clock with classical figures, including Venus in chariot drawn by a pair of swans, Cupid, and shepherd with dog, mounted on footed rectangular marble base with canted corners; clock dial with enamel border in the form of a chariot wheel; glass dome-shaped bell jar and wooden base.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. Goodhue Livingston, 1951
Object Number 
INV.235
Marks 
engraved: on pair of hearts below clock: "VS" and "AD"
Gallery Label 
This mantel clock represents the allegory of Venus and Adonis, depicting the goddess of love in a swan-pulled chariot gazing at her lover, with her son Cupid nearby. Owned in the Livingston family of New York, the clock was probably made by French Empire clockmaker Antoine-André Ravrio (1759-1814). A similar example, thought to have belonged to Napoleon's mother, is at Malmaison, and another, formerly at the Elysée Palace, is now at the Mobilier National.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group