Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
A Louis XV mantel clock in the form of a bull supporting, on its back, the drum which is crowned by the figure representing Europa seated on fringed drapery - separating her from her ravisher, Jupiter, disguised as the bull. She holds a garland of flowers (convolvulus, roses, daisies) while her two companions are seated on the forecorners of the base, each up to catch the ends of the floral trail. The base, which is elaborately pierced and scrolled, rests on four splayed, flattened and rounded supports. All of chased and gilt bronze; the bull is of patinated bronze.
The bull is a reproduction of a model by Giovanni Bologna. The clock case is stamped with the name of Robert Osmand who was a bronzeur located in the rue Maclou in 1773. He worked with many highly regarded clockmakers in Paris including the Lepautes, Robert Robin and Charles Le Roy.
Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy submitted a number of invoices for overhaul and repair of the clock and, finally, replaced the original movement in 1817 at a cost of £23 17s.
Vulliamy number 631
François-Claude-Clément Verneaux (active 1747)
(clockmaker (original movement))
After Giovanni Bologna (1529-1608) (sculptor)