Isidore-Arnoult Grenot Gilt-brass Figural Calendar Mantel Clock, France, first half 19th century, finely detailed figure, chariot, and horses with the 4-in. dia. roman numeral porcelain dial marked "Isidore Grenot" with outer minute markings and calendar, red fabric center, all resting on the rectangular fire-gilt base with applied quiver and torch, eight-day time, countwheel strike, and calendar spring-driven movement with silk thread suspension, regulated by a gilt-washed pendulum, all mounted to a wood base, lg. 21 in.
Provenance: According to the consignor, this clock has been in the family for generations. Their mother was the great granddaughter of the 19th century writer and activist Julia Ward Howe and her husband Samuel Gridley Howe, founder of the Perkins School. In his early years, Samuel followed in the steps of Lord Byron and was a young doctor for the Greeks during the Revolution in the late 1820s. In the 1830s he spent time in France to learn how they schooled the blind and the deaf-blind, giving him the expertise needed to help start The Perkins School for the Blind in Boston. The clock may have been given to him during his time in France, as he was already a renowned Philhellene.
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