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A mantel clock representing an incident in the struggle between the Sabines and the Romans and an interpretation of Jacques-Louis David's painting when the Sabine women intervene to reconcile the warring parties. Romulus, to the right, is poised to hurl h

Extraordinary timepieces dating from 1630-1830

Vincennes porcelain factory (1738-56)

The Sunflower clock c. 1752

RCIN 30240

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The dial of this French clock replicates the centre of a sunflower, a symbol used by the Sun King, Louis XIV of France. The clock is surrounded by porcelain flowers on stems, and each flower is accompanied by the correct leaves.  The stems are removable, and it is possible that the porcelain flowers were used only in the winter months, being replaced by real specimens during the summer.  George IV (1762-1830), who was an ardent admirer of French works of art, acquired this clock in 1819.