Happy Birthday Pierre Philippe Thomire!! Born in 1751, this French artist studied to be a sculptor, but then segued into bronze casting, following in his father's footsteps. He quickly became recognized as the leader in the field, creating decorative pieces and bronze mounts for porcelain for the Sevres Porcelain Manufactory. He was named Engraver to the Emperor by Napoleon in 1809 and continued sculpting and casting even after the fall of Napoleon. I particularly like this Mantle Clock by Thomire.