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A bronze gilt-bronze and rouge griotte marble retour d'Egypte mantel clock, the dial and movement signed Lepine Place Des Victoires No. 12
Empire, early 19th century
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A bronze gilt-bronze and rouge griotte marble retour d'Egypte mantel clock, the dial and movement signed Lepine Place Des Victoires No. 12
Empire, early 19th century
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Details & Cataloguing

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A bronze gilt-bronze and rouge griotte marble retour d'Egypte mantel clock, the dial and movement signed Lepine Place Des Victoires No. 12
Empire, early 19th century
in the form of a standing Egyptian female figure standing in a niche, supporting a drum shaped case cast with drapery and a white enamel dial with Roman numerals,  flanked by Egyptian symbols and hieroglyphs surmounted by urns, above a demi-lune base, on disc feet
53.5cm. high; 1ft. 9in.
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Provenance

Christie's Monaco, 21 June 1998, Lot  643 (sold for 176.826FF)

Catalogue Note

Jean-Antoine Lepine, received Master in 1762.

Comparative Literature:
P.Kjellberg, La Pendule Franciase du Moyen Age au XXe siecle, Paris, 1997, p. 381, fig C.

This clock is based upon a design by Thomas Hope in his publication Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807, plate 13. After his travels throughout the Middle East, Thomas Hope (1769-1831), returned to his residence on Duchess Street, in London in 1799, where his clock, probably manufactured in Paris, was amongst his collection of antiquities and antiques. 

A very similar model by André-Antoine Ravrio (1759-1814) is illustrated by H. Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel, op. cit. p. 336 fig. 5.3.2. For another example see the catalogue of Exhibition, Egyptomania, L'Egypte dans l'art occidental 1730-1790, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 20th January-18th April 1994, p.193. Other examples are in the Royal Pavilion Brighton and at Buscot Park, Faringdon.

Related mantel clocks sold at auction include:
-Christie's, London, 17th June 1987, lot 103
-Christie's, Monaco, 13th December 1997, lot 139

A Private European Residence: French and Neoclassical Furniture and Paintings & Works on Paper

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