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A very fine Louis XV ormolu 'Diana' cartel clock, the case by Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain, Jean Baptiste Baillon, Paris, circa 1750
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A very fine Louis XV ormolu 'Diana' cartel clock, the case by Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain, Jean Baptiste Baillon, Paris, circa 1750
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A very fine Louis XV ormolu 'Diana' cartel clock, the case by Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain, Jean Baptiste Baillon, Paris, circa 1750
8½-inch enamel dial signed Jn Baptiste Baillon, finely pierced and engraved gilt hands, the five-pillar bell striking movement with numbered star-cut outside count wheel and tic tac escapement, later steel suspension, similarly signed on the backplate and numbered No.3494, the elaborate rococo case stamped ST. GERMAIN, surmounted by a figure of Diana and her dog seated beneath a tree and amidst foliate scrolls, putti, flowers and a bird
95cm. 37½in. high
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Catalogue Note

Jean-Joseph de Saint Germain (1719-1791), was appointed master founder in 1748. One of the most highly regarded creators of ormolu clock cases, examples of his work are to be found in major collections throughout the world. The 'Diana' cartel clock was one of his most popular models and a 'cartel à Diane' was recorded in an inventory of his workshops in 1747.

Jean Baptiste Baillon was appointed master clockmaker in 1727 and worked at Place Dauphine. He was clockmaker to the Dauphine, Marie Antoinette in 1770 and died in 1772. His movements are often found in cases by Saint Germain.

An almost identical clock signed St Germain and Baillon is in the Louvre Museum, Paris from the collection of Madame Georges Lebey and is illustrated and discussed in Alcouffe, Dion-Tenebaum & Mabille, The Bronze Furniture of the Louvre, 2004, pages 76-77 Another similar unsigned case with movement by Baillon was sold Christies, Paris, 23rd June 2005. A further unsigned example with movement by Louis Jouard is illustrated Tardy, French Clocks the World Over, Part One, page 306.

 

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