Marble Clock and Candlestick Set
(8"x4"x2.5" (big one) 5.5"x2.5"x2.5" (small ones))
This clock and candlestick set, made in the early 19th century, will make a striking addition to any mantelpiece in your home. Each piece in the set features the beautiful combination of fine green marble and ormolu accents. Ormolu refers to a bronze object which has been gilt or covered in a fine layer of gold and was commonly found on European objects of the 18th and 19th centuries. The mantel clock, named for its intended placement, is crowned by an eagle perched on a branch whose wings are spread, as if ready to take flight. Beneath the eagle, nestled at the top of the clock’s case, is the large dial. It is set in an ormolu band, behind a glass door, which can be opened by using the small handle on the right. Arabic numbers are used on the dial, with the addition of minute marks at each quarter of the hour. Two criss-crossing horns of plenty sit beneath the dial, balancing the design of the clock. The candlesticks in the set, like the clock, sit on a two-tiered base, with a twisted band of ormolu running around the base of the top tier. Each candlestick is capped with an ormolu plate, reminiscent of a flower with the petal-like shapes curving over the stem, and a vase-like shape to hold the candle and catch any dripping wax. The set is in excellent condition.
At this time in Spain, the printmaker Francisco Goya (1746–1828) created The Disasters of War, a series of 82 prints between 1810 and 1820. The Disasters of War is divided into three thematic groups – war, famine, and allegories, and serves as a visual protest against the Peninsular War (1807–1814). Along with his Los caprichos etchings and aquatints (produced in 1797–1798), The Disasters of War form part of Goya’s most notable printed works.