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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