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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 167

    A CHARLES X ORMOLU MECHANICAL CHINOISERIE MANTEL CLOCK

    CIRCA 1830

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    A CHARLES X ORMOLU MECHANICAL CHINOISERIE MANTEL CLOCK
    CIRCA 1830
    The machine engraved circular dial with floral bezel set in rectangular case surmounted by a female magician standing behind a draped table, above a tiled pagoda-shaped roof, the panelled plinth decorated with floral sprays and centered by a coat of arms, on winged dragon feet
    23 in. (58 cm.) high; 15½ in. (39.5 cm.) wide; 7 in. (18 cm.) deep


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    With its sculptural Chinese magician, pagodas and dragon feet, this charming clock exemplifies the fashionable goût for whimsical chinoiserie which emerged during the Louis XV period and went unabated throughout the 19th Century.

    Closely related clocks au magicien with chinoiserie figures playing the 'cup and ball trick' include a clock with base similarly cast with dragon feet, sold at Christie's, London, 2 October 1991, lot 74 (£7,480), a further clock with movement by Leroy, sold at Christie's, London, 15 June 1994, lot 418 (£8,050), and another with movement by Japy Frères and case by L. Hennert, offered Christie's, London, 17 June 2005, lot 67.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN