“Pendule Portique” clock (lion detail), decorated with columns that simulate beams of lictors surmounted by a terrestrial globe and astrolabe, posed on plinths decorated decorated with military attributes. Base decorated with a lion surrounded by galleries. Enameled dial signed “Michel-François PIOLAINE in Paris” surmounted by a statuette of Mars. ca. 1780-1800. Louis XVI. Gilt bronze, black and white marble, and enamel. Image IVOIRE France ©2020. Fair use license. via https://www.ivoire-lyon.com/fr/lot-1552-158830-190_importante_pendule_forme_portique_br
Mantel clock (Goddess detail, probably Pomona, the Roman goddess of harvest and abundance). Clock body raised by a plinth-shaped base with a relief scene portraying four putti and the clock drum containing a circular dial with a partially rubbed signature. Early 19th c. Gilt bronze and ormolu. Image © 1stdibs, Inc. 2020, Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/clocks/mantel-clocks/empire-gilt-bronze-mantel-clock-michel-francois-piolaine/id-f_18084411/
Mantel clock (Reading lady detail). The clock having an ormolu drum case surmounted by a cast ormolu eagle with a relief below showing two putti holding a bird under a sunburst flanked by two patinated bronze figures, a writing boy and a reading lady. Marble and ormolu base with gadroon feet and with putti holding a mask among scrolling garlands, flanked by two medallions with female masks. Enamel dial, signed “Piolaine à Paris” in red with gilt brass hands. ca. 1790. Marble, brass, patinated brass, gilt brass and enamel. Image 2020 © Gude & Meis Antieke klokken. Fair use license. via
Mantel clock (putti and goddess detail). 1780-1800. Marble, gilded bronze and enamel. Acquired by President Vincent Auriol of France for presentation to the White House in 1952. Image © Collections of the White House, Washington, DC. Fair use license. via https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/mantel-clock/3wFaBh_sW_IjQA
Mantel clock with a profiled plinth with a relief of musician putti and a watch house flanked by putti riding dogs and eagle heads, surmounted by a coronation goddess with cornucopia that symbolize prosperity and abundance.A French Louis XVI mantel clock by M. F. Piolaine. Fire-gilded bronze and white marble. Profiled plinth with relief of musician putti. The watch house flanked by dogs riding putty and eagle heads. Coronation goddess with cornucopia symbolizing prosperity and abundance. The white enameled dial being marked “Piolaine A Paris”. ca. 1780-1790. Louis XVI. White marble, fire-gilded bronze and enamel. Image © 2008-2020 Bukowski Auktioner AB. Fair use license. via https://www.bukowskis.com/en/auctions/556/1074-bordspendyl-av-michel-francois-piolaine-mastare-i-paris-1787-louis-xvi
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