This clock from the late Restauration era represents a fascinating transition from the Neoclassic style to the Romantic and Neo-rococo styles favored by later generations. The figure is still classically styled, though the character herself - is it Jean d’Arc before the big battle? - is clearly from the Middle Ages. The decorative elements retain some classical features, but these bits of classicism seem to be in the process of being swept away by a tide of scalloped surfaces, and sensuous curves, typical rococo fare. This clock was clearly produced for the high-end market: the quality of the bronze is first rate and the piece is surprisingly heavy. (Compare this piece with the mediocre efforts of, say, the Japy Freres clockmaking firm from the mid-1800s.) The clock is in excellent condition and the smoothly functioning mechanism retains its original pendulum and key. France, circa 1825. H: 16"/40cm.