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Thomas & Cie, Paris
THE FALSTAFF PRESENTATION TIMEPIECE
LOT SOLD. 2,125 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
48
Thomas & Cie, Paris
THE FALSTAFF PRESENTATION TIMEPIECE
LOT SOLD. 2,125 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Thomas & Cie, Paris
THE FALSTAFF PRESENTATION TIMEPIECE
the clock with a brass plaque engraved with a quote from Henry IV, Part II, 'We have heard the chimes at midnight Master Shallow' and the date 'October 3rd 1945' (27cm., 10½in. high) together with a pair of Empire style white marble and gilt-metal vases, adapted as lamps (3)
the 3-inch enamel dial painted Thomas & Cie, Paris
gilt-bronze, white marble
late 19th / early 20th century
The timepiece made circa 1900.
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Provenance

Presented to Laurence Olivier (possibly a gift from Sir Ralph Richardson 1902–1983)

Literature

Photographed in the dining room at Durham Cottage, Chelsea before 1954;
Anthony Denney‘The Oliviers off stage’, House and Garden, May 1958, p. 65, illustrated in Vivien's dining room at Eaton Square, Belgravia.

Catalogue Note

This line of Shakespeare, said by Falstaff to Shallow in Henry IV, Part II, is a good one for a clock. The date that follows, October 3rd 1945, commemorates the opening night of John Burrell’s Henry IV Part Two at the Old Vic. Larry performed as Shallow, alongside Ralph Richardson’s Falstaff. As Shallow, Larry ‘threw across the stage a golden autumnal veil, and made the idle sporadic chatter of the lines glow with same kind of delight as Gray’s Elegy’. (Stanley Wells, quoted in James N. Loehlin, Henry IV: Parts I and II, 2008).

Philip Ziegler (op. cit., p.133) writes 'The two parts of "Henry IV" will be remembered above all for Richardson's Falstaff. No performance of any part can be definitive, but few indeed of those who saw him doubted that they were witnessing something which they could never hope to see rivalled in their lifetime.'

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London