• European Noble and Private Col auction at Christies

    Sale 2835

    European Noble and Private Collections

    15 - 16 December 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 415

    A DIRECTOIRE ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND WHITE MARBLE STRIKING SKELETON CLOCK WITH CALENDAR

    FOLIN L'AINE, PARIS. CIRCA 1790-1795

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    A DIRECTOIRE ORMOLU, ENAMEL AND WHITE MARBLE STRIKING SKELETON CLOCK WITH CALENDAR
    FOLIN L'AINE, PARIS. CIRCA 1790-1795
    The white enamel Roman chapterring with blue and gilt decorated edge, surmounted by a cast ormolu mount modelled as an eagle on a foliate garland, the centre showing the star-shaped frame and wheelwork, pierced and chased ormolu hands, above a rectangular enamel signature plaque signed Folin L'Aine A PARIS, flanked to each side by a subsidiary, showing dates of month, days of week and zodiac symbols, each with star-shaped wheelwork and pierced and chased ormolu pointers, on an ormolu and blue enamel arch decorated with grapes and vines, white marble plinth base with a cast relief plaque to the front depicting frolicking putti, on bun feet, twin barrel movement with dead beat escapement, silk suspension and countwheel strike on bell; Apollo mask sunburst pendulum, winding key
    42.5 cm. high


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    Nicolas-Alexandre Folin, maître in 1784 is recorded working in Paris circa 1790-1795.

    An almost identical clock with similar eagle cresting, star-shaped wheelwork, calender work and signature plaque by Folin is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française, Paris 1997, p. 320, ill. A.
    Another clock of closely related design is illustrated in Tardy, French Clocks, The World Over, Paris, 1981, Vol II, p. 240
    A similar clock by Folin was sold Sotheby's New York, Important French Furniture, sale 8362 9 November 2007, lot 152, $ 43,000.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of a Dutch Lady