A fad for art and decorative items featuring Egyptian motifs developed in France in the years following Napoleon's foray into the region in 1798. The standing female figure on this clock may strike us as more Greek in style, but her somewhat rigid pose would've been seen as Egyptian by French of the time. The globe and the table have been given an abstract treatment by the clockmaker while the friezes on the base and under the mechanism are extravagantly detailed. Condition is excellent, as is the functioning of the silk-string mechanism. circa 1820. H: 19"/48cm.