CAFFIÉRI, Philippe
(b. 1714, Paris, d. 1774, Paris)

The Chariot of Apollo

c. 1767
Gilt bronze, height 45 cm
Wallace Collection, London

This elaborate bronze appropriately surmounts a long-case clock by Nicolas Petit and J-J Lepaute; Apollo's chariot pulls the sun across the sky marking the passage of the day. The design recalls the celebrated gilt-lead figure of 1671 by Tuby in the Bassin of Apollo at Versailles.