The Michelangelo Clock by Paul Sormani
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This marble and doré bronze mantel clock is a work of art by famed ébéniste Paul Sormani
- A rare and beautiful figural bronze mantel clock by Paul Sormani
- The sculpture atop the timepiece is a recreation of Michelangelo's Night and Day sculpture
- The clock is equipped with a 30-day movement and bell-striking on the hour and half hour
- Paul Sormani is known to most for his incredible furnishings and opulent doré bronze work
- Marked "MICHEL-ANGE ANNO 1474-1564 ROME." The enamel dial is signed, "Sormani, Paris." Circa 1870
- 36" wide x 7" deep x 20" high
A spectacular and rare French clock of marble and dore bronze by renowned Parisian ebeniste and artisan Paul Sormani, paying tribute to the master Michelangelo. The languid figures of Night and Day are a clothed interpretation of Michelangelo's sculpture (created 1526-33) that graces the tomb of Giuliano de Medici in the De Medici Chapel in San Lorenzo, Florence. The clock itself is equipped with a 30-day movement and bell-striking on the hour and half hour. Mounted on the front is a plaque which reads, 'MICHEL-ANGE ANNO 1474-1564 ROME.' The enamel dial is signed, 'Sormani, Paris.' Circa 1870.Paul Sormani is known to most for his incredible furnishings, many of which were beautifully interpreted reproductions of 18th-century designs. Sormani's clocks are also works of art, as is this important example. A reproduction of an 18th-century tall case clock from the Louvre by Sormani remains part of the decor of the Vanderbilt Mansion.