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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 161

    A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU CARTEL CLOCK

    THE MOVEMENT BY HENRI LACAN, CIRCA 1760-70

    Price Realised  

    A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU CARTEL CLOCK
    THE MOVEMENT BY HENRI LACAN, CIRCA 1760-70
    The circular glazed and white-enamelled dial with Roman and Arabic chapters and twin-barelled movement signed 'LACAN A PARIS', set within a tapering case surmounted by a leaf-wrapped urn with ram's masks suspending fruited laurel garlands, flanked by urn-headed pilasters, and terminating in a foliate-cast boss, lacking glazing beneath dial
    28 in. (71 cm.) high; 13½ in. (34.5 cm.) wide


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    Of quintessentially neoclassical design, this clock is closely-related to an example featuring virtually-identical rams' heads to the classical urn finial, which is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (ill. E. Dumonthier, Les Bronzes du Mobilier National, Pendules et Cartels, Paris). A further closely-related cartel clock by Lacan, with urn finial, laurel swags and with foliate-cast boss, is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française du Moyen-âge au XXe Siècle, Paris, 1997, p 190, fig C.

    Henri Lacan was received as maître-horloger in 1756. Elected Juré in 1766, he established his atelier in the rue du Bourg l'Abbé in 1770. Lacan worked with fondeurs Leligois, Gérard and Thomire père amongst others.

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    Provenance

    With Luigi Anton Laura, Ospedaletti.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 161-166)