The people of Nizhny Novgorod managed a subscription for a monumental statue in honor of the two heroes of the 1612 events coming from their city, Minin and Pozharsky. Interested in the symbol represented by this monument, Tsar Alexander I decided that it will be erected in Moscow on the Red Square. Built in 1816-1818, it is still there.
Count Nicolas Demidoff was a Russian hero of the War of 1812 after living several years in Paris. He was also an art lover. Back in Paris in 1815 after the fall of the Empire, he ordered to Thomire a bronze clock inspired by the prototype made by Ivan Martos for the future monument.
Pierre-Philippe Thomire is the most famous Parisian bronze sculptor of his time, appointed maître fondeur at 21 in 1772 and then ciseleur de l'Empereur in 1809.
This heroic gilt bronze clock realized by Thomire for Demidoff is also monumental in its class : 102 cm high including its malachite base 80 x 30 cm. It remained in the Demidoff collection until 1880 and is estimated € 400K for sale by Christie's in Paris on November 4, lot 522.
The model was reused Thomire in both same and smaller sizes with bases in other materials.