"The Chariot of Venus" mantel clock

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
"The Chariot of Venus" mantel clock
Title
"The Chariot of Venus" mantel clock
Date 
ca. 1803-1810
Medium 
Bronze, marble, gilding, glass, wood
Dimensions 
overall, with dome: 24 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 11 in. ( 62.2 x 64.8 x 27.9 cm )
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. Goodhue Livingston, 1951
Object Number 
INV.235
Marks 
engraved: on pair of hearts below clock: "VS" and "AD"
Gallery Label 
This mantel clock owned by the Livingston family represents the allegory of Venus and Adonis, depicting the goddess of love in a swan-pulled chariot gazing at her lover, with her son Cupid nearby. A similar clock, thought to have belonged to Napoleon's mother, is at the Emperor’s home, Malmaison. Livingston’s relationship to the Napoleonic court was often strained during his time there as United States Minister. Yet, the Chancellor cautiously admired the French, writing to his sister Alida in 1802 that “Pleasure is in short the only pursuit of the gay world here.” This clock underscores the shared taste enjoyed by the aristocratic American and the French leader.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group