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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT NEW YORK COLLECTION (LOT 355)

An Empire ormolu mantel 'retour d'Egypte' clock
circa 1800
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 USD
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355

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT NEW YORK COLLECTION (LOT 355)

An Empire ormolu mantel 'retour d'Egypte' clock
circa 1800
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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An Empire ormolu mantel 'retour d'Egypte' clock
circa 1800

the circular white enamelled dial and striking movement supported by a case in the form of an Egyptian temple with stepped cornice centered by the figure of a scribe; decorated with Egyptian motifs incorporating falcons, bulls and figures.


height 24 in.; width 13 1/2 in.
61 cm; 34 cm
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Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:

Jean-Michel Humbert, L'Egyptomanie dans l'Art Occidental, Paris, 1989, p. 183. 

Tardy, French Clocks The World Over, Paris, 1981, 5th ed., vol. II, p. 262.

The "retour d'Egypte" refers to the period following Napoleon's expedition to Egypt in 1798 which generated a fashion in Paris for all things executed in the Egyptian taste.  All manner of furniture and decorative objects were created in this taste which continued well into the Empire period.  Comparable clocks executed in this style are illustrated, P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la pendule Française, Paris, 1997. 

Other identical examples have appeared on the international art market:  one at Christie's, New York, with movement by Cachard was sold, November 1, 1989, lot 40; a second also by Cachard  was sold, Sotheby's, London, June 12, 1992, lot 319; a third with a movement by Vaillant was sold, Sotheby's, Paris, June 25, 2003; a fourth was sold, Sotheby's, New York, October 24, 2003, lot 97; a fifth formerly in the collection of Craig Wright was sold, Sotheby's, New York, October 4, 2006, lot 131.

An identical clock is conserved in the Chateau de Compiègne, illustrated in Tardy, op.cit.

 

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