This clock continues the war-is-over theme established by the other Restauration, post-Napoleon clocks in this collection: note the doffed armor arrayed around the clock mechanism. There's no back-to-nature sentimentality to be found here, however - indeed, I'm not sure what message the clockmaker intended to convey. The mechanism appears to form an altar, and the soldier has a short sword drawn, suggesting a sacrifice (if anyone could shed any light on what's going on here, it'd be much appreciated). The mechanism has a convex shape typical of mantel clocks from around 1820. The quality of the bronze work is first rate, and the original gilding is in remarkably good condition. The silk-thread mechanism functions excellently. France, circa 1820. H: 20"/52cm.