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A Directoire ormolu and patinated bronze mantel clock
circa 1800
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 55,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
127
A Directoire ormolu and patinated bronze mantel clock
circa 1800
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 55,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A Directoire ormolu and patinated bronze mantel clock
circa 1800
the white enamelled dial with Roman and Arabic numerals supporting the seated figure of a huntress, emblematic of America, her foot resting upon the head of a serpent, the concave-sided base fitted with floral and foliate swags, raised on ormolu toupie feet.
height 19 3/4 in; width 15 in.
50 cm; 38 cm
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Provenance

Sold, Sotheby's, Monaco, July 3, 1993, lot 169

Catalogue Note

This model is based upon the drawing A la Sauvage, dated L'An VI (1799), conserved in the Bibliothèque National, Paris, illustrated, Ottomeyer, Pröschel, et al, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 381, fig. 5.15.28.  The design represents America, and it is inscribed De Verberie - De Verberie was a marchand mercier working in Paris where he sold clocks such as the present example and others of similar inspiration, often flanked by complementary candlesticks. 

An identical model is in the Musée François Duesberg, Mons, Belgiusm, illustrated, P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la pendule Française, Paris, 1997, p. 353 fig. C.  Others with identical figural groups on slighlty different bases are illustrated, Kjellberg, op. cit., p. 352, figs A, B.  Other examples of this model sold on the international art market include one sold, Sotheby's, Monaco, June 19, 1992, lot 7; another sold Sotheby's, New York, May 3, 1986, and a third from the collection of Mark Shand, Esq., sold, Christie's, London, December 9, 1993, lot 29.

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