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A late Louis XV ormolu and marble 'pendule à la Geoffrin'
circa 1770, with later white marble base and feet 
Estimate
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A late Louis XV ormolu and marble 'pendule à la Geoffrin'
circa 1770, with later white marble base and feet 
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 15,600 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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A late Louis XV ormolu and marble 'pendule à la Geoffrin'
circa 1770, with later white marble base and feet 
the white enamelled dial inscribed Julien Leroy a Paris, within an arched rectangular case, flanked by the seated figure of a lady reading, raised on an ormolu-mounted white marble base on toupie feet.
height 20 1/2 in.; width 28 1/2 in.
52 cm; 72 cm
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Literature

This enduring, popular model was named for Marie Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin (June 26, 1699 - October 6, 1777, a French woman of humble origin who rose to a position of considerable power in French society and who hosted an influential salon.  The first clock of this model was made for her, probably cast by the founder Edme Roy (maître 1745) from a model by Laurent Guiard (1723-1788) and with a movement by Musson.   This model was known in the 18th century as 'l'Emploi du Temps'. 

An identical example with a movement by le Roy, raised on an ebony base is in Waddesdon Manor, illustrated, G. de Bellaigue, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddeson Manor, Fribourg, 1974, Vol.I, no. 17, pp. 104-107.  Another example with movement by Berthoud, also on an ebony base and with a patinated bronze figure is in the Wallace Collection,  illustrated, P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Furniture, London, 1996, Vol. I, no. 99 (F267), pp. 440-443. 

 

 

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