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A gilt-bronze and patinated-bronze clock, Consulat, circa 1802, attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
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A gilt-bronze and patinated-bronze clock, Consulat, circa 1802, attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 56,250 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A gilt-bronze and patinated-bronze clock, Consulat, circa 1802, attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire
the enamelled dial and the movement signed Levol à Paris surmounted by the figures of Paul and Virginie held by two blackamoors, on a rectangular base; (one foot missing)
64 x 65 x 16,5 cm ; 25 1/4 x 25 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.
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Literature

Related literature:
P. Kjellberg, La pendule française, Paris, 1997, p. 358, fig. C
E. Niehüser, French Bronze Clocks, 1700-1830, Munich, 1999, pp. 151-152, figs 246 et 247
Musée François Duesberg, Brussels, 2004, p. 66

Catalogue Note

This impressive clock is inspired by the famous novel by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737-1814) written in 1788 recounting the story of the lovers Paul and Virginie in Mauritius. As an admirer of the author, Emperor Napoleon I commissioned Pierre-Philippe Thomire a clock with this theme as a gift for the writer in 1802.

Let's take note of three comparable clocks: one is housed at the François-Duesberg Museum in Mons, Belgium, a second is from the former collection of Lady Inchyra, Christie's, London, 5 July 2001, lot 235 and a third was sold by the auctioneers Gros and Delettrez at Drouot, on 1st June  2012, lot 201.

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