The figures of a young male and female peasant woodcutters, sculpted with exceptional detail and a wonderful sense of movement, are placed upon a naturalistic base on top of the round body of this mantel clock. A round, hand-painted enamalled clock face is surround by a mural carved in high-relief of multiple figures toiling over the land, against ground etched with further low-relief details. The clock was rendered in bronze then given a multi-hued patinated bronze finish for a stunning effect. The clock in set upon an intricately footed black marble base. Reverse signed "Hip Moreau". The male figure is missing the axe blade from the handle. Hippolyte François Moreau (1832-1927) was a French sculptor who comes from a family of sculptors. With his two brothers, Mathurin and Auguste, he settled in Paris to follow the teaching of François Jouffroy at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. From 1863 to 1914, he exhibited at the Salon, and in 1878 and 1900 won medals at the Universal Exhibition.
Date: c. 1880
Dimensions: 29.5 x 15.5 x 11 in.