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An impressive gilt-bronze cartel clock, Louis XV, circa 1740-1745, the movement and partly enamelled dial signed J B BAILLON/APARIS, the movement numbered 1245
Estimate
50,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 60,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
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An impressive gilt-bronze cartel clock, Louis XV, circa 1740-1745, the movement and partly enamelled dial signed J B BAILLON/APARIS, the movement numbered 1245
Estimate
50,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 60,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

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An impressive gilt-bronze cartel clock, Louis XV, circa 1740-1745, the movement and partly enamelled dial signed J B BAILLON/APARIS, the movement numbered 1245
surmounted by a Chinese male figure, the whole decorated with entwined shells, flowers and foliage, the lower section with a crane; (a dragon and a sphere missing)
Haut. 114 cm., larg. 46 cm, prof.17 cm. ; Height 45in., width 18in., depth 6⅔in.
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Catalogue Note

This imposing cartel clock is testimony to the virtuosity exhibited by the carvers and gilt-bronze craftsmen of the mid-18th century. The ornamental repertoire is extremely rich and each element is worked and remarkably well carved, faithfully representing the model, be it vegetable, mineral, animal, human or purely decorative. It is a perfect expression of the rocaille style of combining exoticism, entwined shells and foliage mixed with various fruits and flowers. It is difficult to attribute it to a particular bronzier, however the superb quality of this piece points to a renowned bronzer like Jacques Caffieri.

An identical model (with the chimera and the sphere) was sold at Sotheby's in Monaco on February 3, 1983, lot 511.

Jean-Baptiste Baillon III, watchmaker received master in 1727.

Without exception the most important clockmaker of his lineage, Jean-Baptiste Baillon III was a great success. He became Premier Valet de Chambre de la Reine in 1748 and his clientele included amongst others the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne and the Spanish Royal Family. His clock cases were supplied by the greatest craftsmen of his day including amongst others, the Caffieris and JJ de Saint-Germain. Jean-Baptiste Baillon III used to number the movements of his watches and clocks and by the time he retired during the latter part of 1772, his clock movements reached number 3808.

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