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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 69

    A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU MANTEL OR 'CARTONNIER' CLOCK

    THE MOVEMENT BY ADMYRAULD, PARIS, THE CASE POSSIBLY BY PHILIPPE CAFFIERI, CIRCA 1765-70

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    A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU MANTEL OR 'CARTONNIER' CLOCK
    THE MOVEMENT BY ADMYRAULD, PARIS, THE CASE POSSIBLY BY PHILIPPE CAFFIERI, CIRCA 1765-70
    The waisted case surmounted by a globe flanked by satyr masks above a chute de piastres, the shaped base with spiral toupie feet, the dial signed 'ADMYRAULD/A PARIS', the twin barrel movement with recoil anchor escapement and silk suspension, numbered countwheel with strike to bell, further signed 'Admyrauld A Paris'
    20 ½ in. (52 cm.) high; 11 ½ in. (29 cm.) wide; 7 ½ in. (19 cm.) deep


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    With its bold neo-classical design headed by a trophy and incorporating garlands, a lion masks and turned feet, this striking clock of grand proportions is indebted to the goût Grec designs of Jean-Charles Delafosse (d. 1791) and Jean-Louis Prieur (d. c. 1785), disseminated through several editions of engraved plates from the late 1760s. While designs by Prieur were in many cases proposals submitted for a specific intent within a defined commission, Delafosse's ornamental designs for trophies, cartouches, clocks, firedogs etc. first published as part of the Nouvelle Iconologie historique in 1768 (S. Eriksen, Early Neo-Classicism, London, 1974, p. 170 and p. 217). It relates closely to the urn clock surmounting the great bureau plat made circa 1754-56 for Ange-Laurent Lalive de Jully, probably by Joseph Baumhauer (died 1772) and Philippe Caffiéri (1714-1774) to the designs of Louis-Joseph Le Lorrain (1714-1759), which is now at the Musée Condé at Chantilly. This clock design is generally associated with the bronzier Robert Osmond, whose signature appears on various known models, but it is probable that the original design was developed and executed was conceived by Caffieri who then lent or transferred the model to Osmond (S. Eriksen, op.cit. 89 and Pl. 187).

    Provenance

    Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, 17 December 1983, lot 76.
    Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, 13 December 1995, lot 109.


    Literature

    P. Kjellberg, L’Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française, Paris, Editions de l’Amateur, pp. 176-7.