THE PIECE French ormolu clock, circa 1815, with a figure of George Washington in military dress holding a bald eagle. The 14-by-10-inch case is engraved FIRST IN WAR, FIRST IN PEACE, AND FIRST IN HIS COUNTRYMEN'S HEART.
OFFERED BY Manhattan's Hirschl & Adler Galleries at the New York Winter Antiques Show, January 21-30.
SIGNIFICANCE The clockworks are by royal maker Jean-Baptiste Dubuc. Washington's stance and dress were derived from John Trumbull's famous portrait, explains Elizabeth Feld, associate director of decorative arts.
PRICE $ $135,000. Hirschl & Adler, 21 E. 70th St.; 212-535-8810. Winter Antiques Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, Park Ave. and 67th St.; www.winterantiquesshow.com.
$ Establishment accepts no charge/credit cards or accepts cards other than the American Express Card.