The Collection of Sir Jeremy Lever
Designed by Jean-Andre Reiche, one of the most important bronziers of the Empire period, the model for this clock tells the story of the recently widowed Duchesse de Berry and her children. Her husband the Duc de Berry was stabbed and murdered by a Bonapartist after leaving the opera in February 1820. The Duchesse gave birth to her fourth child, Henri nine months later, the Légitimistes thought Henri to be the rightful heir to the French throne. See Elke Niehuser, French Bronze Clocks, p.165.