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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 32

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK

    THE CASE STAMPED ST GERMAIN, CIRCA 1750, THE DIAL AND MOVEMENT LATER

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    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK
    THE CASE STAMPED ST GERMAIN, CIRCA 1750, THE DIAL AND MOVEMENT LATER
    The case with flowering vase finial and trellis-pierced side frets, stamped 'ST GERMAIN', replaced bezel, white enamel Roman and Arabic dial with gilt-metal hands, eight day movement with twin line fusees, anchor escapement with silk suspension and rack strike on bell
    18¼ in. (46.5 cm.) high, 13½ in. (34 cm.) wide, 7½ in. (19 cm.) deep


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    Elected as a maître-fondeur on 15 July 1748, Saint-Germain enjoyed the privilege of an ouvrier libre - enabling him to act both as an ébéniste and bronzier. He frequently supplied cases cast with animal forms and allegorical figures to the leading clockmakers of Paris, including the le Roy workshops, Etienne Lenoir and Jean-Philippe Gosselin. A man of his times, Saint-Germain probably received a rudimentary education in rhetoric, the Classics and calculus in addition to a formal study of sculpture and draughtsmanship, reflecting the social and economic status of his family (J.-D. Augarde, "Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain: Bronzier", L'Estampille/l'Objet d'Art, December, 1996, pp. 63-82).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Bensimon, Paris, in 1955.