An amazing pendulum “At The Bathtub”, Grand Curtius Museum, Liège

The presented here Pendulum "At The Bathtub" is a rare specimen from the Consulate era, in gilt bronze on black marble base, depicting a young woman playing with her dog. It is part of the Collection of antique pendulums and craft porcelain in the Grand Curtius Museum, and was demonstrated in Salon Baron and Baroness François Duesberg. This collection of watches is a specially donation from Baron and Baroness François Duesberg.

Besides the major changes in the politically and constitutional reconstruction in France, the era of Consulate is associated with the striving to the more flamboyance, pomposity and solemnity in the life of the ruling class at the time. This excessive decorativeness was necessary to demonstrate the power and was irrevocable sign of affirmation of self-esteem. Similar elements as characteristics of artworks acquire and the objects from Consulate era for decorating the living environment of the representatives of the aristocracy and the ruling circles. All of this has its most general explanation through the series of complex historical processes, facts and events that took place in France at the very end of the 18th century. The political regime of the Consulate began on November 9, 1799 and actually affirms Napoleon Bonaparte as autocracy, although his power was somewhat restricted by different legal rules. The Consulate period only lasts 4 years 6 months and 9 days, and was ended on May 18, 1804 with a coup d'etat when Bonaparte is proclaimed Consul lifelong and crowned as Emperor. So, it was established the Empire of Napoleon and begins the Empire period in all areas of political, cultural and social life in France. The main purpose of the objects of fine art, applied and decorative arts in the time of Consulate epoque and Imperial period of Napoleon was the affirmation of their holders as a representatives of some of the highest levels of French society and acquired as a result of this social belonging a demonstration of an high aesthetics and sophistication. And this is the era of intensive construction of palaces and castles, so many necessary to demonstrate an authority and confidence, which should be decorated richly with many ornaments, glitter and gold, symbolizing an imperial superiority and power.

For the connoisseurs of fine objects from this epoque remains the pleasure to enjoy a truly incredible beauty and refinement of these works created by greatest masters of his time, who embody in them the technical discoveries and innovations of the era that led to the flowering of the watchmaking art.

Source of information: Grand Curtius Museum, Liège, Belgium.
Photos: my own archive.

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Pendulum At The Bathtub, Baron and Baroness François Duesberg donation, Grand Curtius Museum, Liège

Pendulum At The Bathtub, Baron and Baroness François Duesberg donation, Grand Curtius Museum, Liège

Pendulum At The Bathtub, Baron and Baroness François Duesberg donation, Grand Curtius Museum, Liège

Pendulum At The Bathtub, Baron and Baroness François Duesberg donation, Grand Curtius Museum, Liège

Pendulum At The Bathtub, Baron and Baroness François Duesberg donation, Grand Curtius Museum, Liège

Pendulum At The Bathtub, Baron and Baroness François Duesberg donation, Grand Curtius Museum, Liège

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