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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 138

    A GERMAN ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK

    CIRCA 1800

    Price Realised  

    A GERMAN ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK
    CIRCA 1800
    Modelled as a beehive, the circular white enamelled Roman dial inscribed 'J.J. Schmidt in Karlsruhe', on a moulded hexagonal base on bun feet, the movement with twin barrels, silk suspension and countwheel strike on bell, some bees replaced
    13¾ in. (34 cm.) high; 6½ in. (16½ cm.) wide and deep


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    This charming clock is emblematic of the romantic, whimsical and naturalistic interpretation of early 19th Century decorative arts. Such innovative examples include clocks modelled as windmills or flowers, among which a clock-cum-inkwell modeled as a sunflower, offered Christie's, London, 5 July 2007, lot 1, (£13,200 including premium), and a further clock featuring a hortensia (or 'hydrangea'), symbolic of Hortense de Beauharnais, sold, Christie's, London, 7 December 2006, lot 4. A virtually identical beehive clock, albeit of slightly later date, is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de La Pendule Française du Moyen-Age au XXe siècle, Paris, 1997, p.434, fig. H, and a further related ormolu and steel beehive clock is illustrated Ibid, fig G.

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    Saleroom Notice

    The estimate should read £6,000-8,000, and not as stated in the catalogue.