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    Sale 2782

    LIECHTENSTEIN: Property from the Collection of the Princely House of Liechtenstein.

    1 April 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 208

    A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, TORTOISESHELL, BRASS, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND RED AND GREEN STAINED HORN BOULLE MARQUETRY BRACKET CLOCK, ON WALL BRACKET

    VERGO, PARIS. EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, TORTOISESHELL, BRASS, MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND RED AND GREEN STAINED HORN BOULLE MARQUETRY BRACKET CLOCK, ON WALL BRACKET
    VERGO, PARIS. EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    The case surmounted by the figure of Aegina, the arched top applied with acanthus cast ornaments and centred by a pierced clasp above a door (glass panel lacking) with a figural door mount depicting Fame, the angles applied with female herms and with foliate and C-scrolled female masks terminating in block feet, with a rectangular paper label to the reverse inscribed R.56/No.3250, on a conforming wall bracket with female masks, the cast dial centred by an Apollo mask and foliage surrounded by blue and white enamel chapter cartouches (I lacking) above a foliate apron with enamel signature cartouche inscribed VERGO A PARIS, the eight-day twin barrel movement with square plates joined by four back-pinned ring-turned baluster pillars, verge escapement and with cycloidal cheeks to the back cock, repeating signature on the backplate, calibrated outside countwheel, striking the hours and half hours on two bells (both lacking); damages and losses, later pendulum
    144 cm. high (2)


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    Aegina was the daughter of the river god Asopus and Metope, she was the twin sister of Thebe. Jupiter carried her of in the guise of an eagle to the island Oenone, now called Aegina after her. She had one son by Jupiter; Aeacus.
    The pose of the the Aegina figure is clearly related to the bronze in the Museo Nazionale, Florence, which was formerly attributed to Cellini. This figure can also been found as a model on other French objects, e.g. on ormolu chenets. It is likely that Paris founders were familiar with this group and were inspired by it.

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    Provenance

    Schloss Vaduz, Liechtenstein, 1945.
    Vienna, 2007.