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A Louis XIV-style gilt-bronze and ebony boulle mantle clock, Henry Dasson, Paris, dated 1892

A Louis XIV-style gilt-bronze and ebony boulle mantle clock, Henry Dasson, Paris, dated 1892

A Louis XIV-style gilt-bronze and ebony boulle mantle clock, Henry Dasson, Paris, dated 1892

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A Louis XIV-style gilt-bronze and ebony boulle mantle clock, Henry Dasson, Paris, dated 1892

After the model by Andre-Charles Boulle.

9½-inch gilt dial cast with putti and inset with enamel cartouche numerals, the movement with Brocot escapement and suspension, striking on a bell (bell lacking), the rear door piered and engraved with leaves and scrolls, the drum mounted beside figures of Venus and Cupid with a conch shell, the shell signed and dated to the rear Henry Dasson et Cie 1892, on a shaped plinth inlaid with boulle marquetry, on cast and turned feet

79cm 31in high; 56cm 22in wide

Dial in generally good condition, hair cracks to numerals V and XI. Movement is complete but is very dirty and needs a clean, service and overhaul, the bell is missing.Case in generally good condition throughout, gilding genrally good with some marks, scuffs and dirt, some very minor scuffs, cracks and losses to veneers. With a pendulum and a winder.

"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

This fine clock is a copy of one the original models attributed to André-Charles Boulle (d. 1735), now in the Wallace Collection. It is believed to be one of three known clocks. The attribution to Boulle is based on the 1715 acte de délaissement to his four sons stating: 'Une boëte de pandulle historiée d'une Vénus avec son amour dont il n'y a que le corps de la boëte fait, les bronzes n'etant que moulées et prêtes à fondre, commandée, valant avec trois autres boettes de pandulle dans le même état...2500l ' (see J. P. Samoyault, André-Charles Boulle et sa Famillle , Geneva, 1979, p. 66). A variation of this model by François Linke was sold Sotheby's New York on 26th October 2006, lot 199. The main difference between these two examples is that, in the present lot, Dasson has gilded the figures of Venus and Cupid, whereas Linke left them in patinated bronze. An almost identical clock to the present lot was sold Sotheby's New York on 19th April 2007, Lot 173. It would seem that Dasson and Linke used the Wallace Collection version by Boulle as their model, i.e., without the garlands of gilt-bronze flowers running from the chaplet held by Venus that are shown in the James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor (Waddesdon Catalogue, vol. 1, pp. 59-61). The Rothschild version was not on public display but Dasson may have seen the Wallace example either at the rue Laffitte where it was in the grande galerie, or possibly at the Musée Retrospectif in Paris in 1865. Alternatively, the clock was shown at the Bethnal Green exhibition in London between 1872-1875, catalogue number 1394. Linke bought a series of master models for bronze casting from the public auctions of Dasson's workshops. A record in Linke's wife's writing notes on September 12, 1894 that 4,399 francs 45 centimes was spent on a group of Dasson models, by far the most important group of such purchases made by Linke. A version of the bronze seated figure of Venus Marina, circa 1715 after La Lorrain, is in the Getty Museum (74.SB.16). 

Comparative Literature:

P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Furniture, Vol. I, London, 1996, pp. 354-358.

G. de Bellaigue, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, Furniture, Vol. I, 1974, p. 59.

H. Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, Vol. I, p. 46 and Vol. II p. 480.