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Directory period burnished and gilded bronze clock...

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Directory period burnished and gilded bronze clock characterized by sphinxes, ca. 1790. 54x35x11 cm White enamel dial with finely pierced and engraved hands, signed Perret Gentil; three winding holes and Arabic numeral time band; on the topa base crowned by a bowl filled with marsh vegetation flanked by swans; two opposing sphinx figures joined together by a meticulously rendered bronze lace, rest on high pedestals in black and white marble embellished with golden stars and act as a support. Rectangular base in white marble on low plinth feet. Eight-day Swiss movement, chime at thehours and quarters on bells upon passing and on request. Anchor escapement and wire suspension. Defects and shortcomings.