The piece was presented by Rupert Carabin at the exhibition of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1911. The clock was met with awe, evident from the press of the day. One review explained: ''Surrounding the block of amethyst, in the centre of which the clock's gilded hands mark the hours, a gracious garland of women, ingeniously joined together, represent an allegory of life's perpetual movement,'' from La Petite Gronde, April 25th, 1911.

The allegorical clock conveys a balletic group of bronze nudes rising in the air. The four women hold each other's hands and are carried upward in flight, whilst the fourth cradles the amethyst that encases the clock.

The clock portrays Carabin's impeccable talent. In 1889, at the age of 27, he began his career as a ''sculptor of statues'' with thanks to a commission by wealthy engineer Henri Montandon.

Carabin was infatuated with the female form, he studied the bodies of women of the time, including cabaret dancers. First Carabin created small figures in red wax before producing more detailed figures in bronze.

Carabin's clients were the wealthy and famous, his most famous client having been Albert Kahn.

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