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A gilt-bronze-mounted tortoiseshell and brass marquetry cartel clock, French Régence, circa 1720, after Gilles-Marie Oppenordt
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A gilt-bronze-mounted tortoiseshell and brass marquetry cartel clock, French Régence, circa 1720, after Gilles-Marie Oppenordt
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Details & Cataloguing

De la collection du Prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon, Paris

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A gilt-bronze-mounted tortoiseshell and brass marquetry cartel clock, French Régence, circa 1720, after Gilles-Marie Oppenordt
the bracket signed THURET, the movement signed Thuret AParis, with the inscription at the back Appartenant à Madame la baronne Lejeune / 11 nov. 1927


Haut. 45 cm, larg. 23 cm ; Height 17 3/4  in, width 9 in
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Provenance

Former collection of the Baroness Marguerite Lejeune, born Murat (1886-1956)

Then by descent

Literature

Related literature:

- H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, Vol. I, p. 754, fig. 1.11.3

- Tardy, La Pendule Française, 1st part, Paris, 1974, p. 128 (probably our lot)

Catalogue Note

Jacques-Augustin Thuret (1669-1739), son of Isaac, was clock maker to the King and established at the Louvre in 1694. He frequently worked with André-Charles Boulle, also established at the Louvre.

This beautiful cartel clock is inspired by an engraving by Gilles-Marie Oppenordt, dated 1715, in the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York. We find the same bracket and the same shaping to the case. Oppenordt's projects were often too complicated for a bronze worker to realize and they were simplified, which could have applied to the design of our model. However, the rooster motifs are more reminiscent of André-Charles Boulle's work who used it on other models including a longcase clock illustrated in one of his engraved prints from his portfolio published by Mariette. Hans Ottomeyer, op. cit., attributes the model of our cartel to André-Charles Boulle.

De la collection du Prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon, Paris

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Paris