Lot 16
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A LOUIS XV GILT-BRONZE, BRONZE AND VERNIS MARTIN MUSICAL RHINOCEROS TABLE CLOCK, CIRCA 1748, ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN-JOSEPH DE SAINT-GERMAIN

Estimate
200,000 - 400,000 GBP
Sold
300,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

5½-inch enamel dial signed Gudin A Paris with blue roman numerals, the similarly signed bell striking movement with numbered uncut outside count wheel and silk suspension, the drum case surmounted by a seated putto and raised on the back of a crisply cast brown patinated rhinoceros standing on a rocaille base, the bombé wood plinth painted to resemble tortoiseshell and outlined with well-cast gilt-bronze leaf mounts, inset with trellis frets and applied at the front with a rococo mount of a basket of flowers, the similarly signed musical movement connected to the clock through the leg of the animal and playing one a thirteen tunes on a carillon of eleven bells with twenty hammers at the hour, the mounts stamped with the crowned 'C' poinçon mark
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