An Empire Clock Representing The Victory of Austerlitz Attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire
The Victory of Austerlitz in 1805 was one of the most important and decisive engagements of the Napoleonic wars. The battle occurred near the town of Austerlitz in the Austrian Empire. The decisive victory of Napoleon’s grand Army brought the war of the third coalition to a rapid end. This emblematic victory played a major political role in establishing his power.
To celebrate the victory, it is thought that Napoleon commissioned Pierre-Philippe Thomire to make fifteen of these clocks which were almost certainly given to the Marshals of France. For this reason, this model of clock is often referred to as the “Marshals” Clock. Made in gilt bronze with three types of gold and having an enamel dial with Roman figures signed Hartmann on a serpentine base. Trophies of arms adorn the sides, while the profile of Minerva, goddess of strategic warfare, is seen above the dial. War is followed by peace, symbolized by Fame Trumpeting Victory. She is offered laurels by Cupid, leaning on a shield with a gorgon's head, below which weapons have been laid down.