"French Consulate / Empire Reading Clock"Adorable little gilded bronze clock of the Consulate-Empire period. The Liseuse is resting on a table supported by four quivers, the frame is retained in a superbly chiselled openwork drapery. Signed Huaut in Paris: Alexis-Jean-Mathieu, established at the Rue de Bourgogne since 1789 We find the same reading on a clock delivered by Lepaute on September 28, 1807 for the apartments of the Prince of Neuchâtel at the Palace of Fontainebleau. Condition report: Very good condition of the gilding, small wear on the dial (whose t of Huaut partly cleared). Completely restored and revised in January 2018 by Mr. Alexandre Bianchi in Maizières-lès-Metz. Sold with warranty of 2 years.