In the spotlight:
                                The wine divinity BA C C H U S: A Bacchus mantle clock, gilt bronze and its symbols.

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With extra information and context descriptions we like to draw your attention on this item shows its special meaning.

A clock that shows time and symbols.
A gilt bronze sculptural French Empire pendule circa 1810. A bronze sculpture visualises nature, exaltation, fertility and not to forget that time is precious.
A clock that embraces in symbols the world of wine, with Bacchus on the star-time-globe, surrounded by wine women, grapevines and grapes.
In the base we see a wine goblet and two crossed thyrusses, each staff crowned by a pine cone and tied on with ivy.

Bacchus painting  

Historical context:

Bacchus, the Roman name for the Greek god Dionysus, is the orgiastic deity of bacchanalia, the religious wine festivals held throughout the empire. Satyr plays portraying the regenerative powers of Bacchus gave rise to Greek drama. His phallic staff or thyrsus is crowned by a pine cone represents the human faculties of wisdom and inspiration. His mount Scorpio was the zodiacal sign ascendant during the time of harvest equinox and probably symbolizes Osiris, the original god of barley brewing and ecstatic intoxication. Standing Bacchus, from the Vatican Museum, carries grape clusters in his panther skin cloak. Note his ram companions and ribald expression.

 


Caravaggio 's AMOR   Spot on the deity AM O R   /  CU P I D

A gilt bronze Cupid - mantel clock.
Cupid (Latin cupido) is the god of erotic love and beauty. He is also known by another one of his Latin names, Amor. He is the son of goddess Venus.
In painting and sculpture, Cupid is often portrayed as a nude boy or baby armed with a bow and a quiver of arrows.
On he clock thers also a scene with four nude young boys of witch one is shooting his arroy to the heart wicht is hanging in a tree.
Caravaggio painting Amor Vincit Omnia - meaning "Love Conquers All" -, is an inspiring figure for later artist.

Ormolu Empire mantel clock, a Cupid, by Griebel, Empire 1810.
Very attractive and splendid clock.
A Cupid with bow and arrow, standing on a globe with stars. In the base love attributes, a laurel and paying putty.
Eight-day movement and striking on a bell. An enameled dial signed Griebel, Rue Vivienne, nr. 13. HxBxD 43,5x15x15 cm.

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