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A Directoire Ormolu, Enamel and Marble Skeleton Clock
circa 1790-5
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 43,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
152
A Directoire Ormolu, Enamel and Marble Skeleton Clock
circa 1790-5
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 43,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A Directoire Ormolu, Enamel and Marble Skeleton Clock
circa 1790-5

the white enamel chapter ring surmounted by a displayed eagle, flanked by subsidiary white enamel dials for date and day of the week centered by a plaque inscribed Folin l'aîné, raised on an enamelled arch highlighted with gilt stars ending in fluted ormolu supports abve a rectangular ormolu-mounted white marble base.


height 17 in.
43 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E.F. McCann, sold, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, November 17-21, 1942.

Catalogue Note

The early part of the Directoire period saw the accelerated production of a number of clocks which were almost entirely composed of enamelled elements.  The abolition of the guilds in 1791 permitted enamellers to sell clocks without giving credit to the clock maker, however this example does incorporate the name of the clockmaker Nicolas-Alexandre Folin (Folin l'aîné), who had been active during the Louis XVI period.  It would appear that Folin collaborated with a particular enameller since an almost identical example, also with a plaque identifying Folin as the clock maker is illustrated, P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la pendule Française, Paris, 1997, p. 320, fig. A

Important French Furniture & Decorations, European Ceramics and Carpets

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New York