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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 218

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL STRIKING BRACKET CLOCK

    FORTIN, PARIS, SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BRASS-INLAID TORTOISESHELL STRIKING BRACKET CLOCK
    FORTIN, PARIS, SECOND QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    CASE: the clock and bracket inlaid overall with foliate scrolls, the waisted glazed case headed by fruited foliate trails and surmounted by a turbanned putto, mounted to the front with a classical scene depicting Neptune and amphitritis on a seahorse-drawn chariot, the interior inlaid with a trompe l'oeil damier floor, on scroll feet, the tapering bracket inlaid with egg-and-dart frieze, foliate-headed putti to the angles, and C-scroll-decorated apron, the turbanned putto originally holding further ormolu elements, now lacking; key
    DIAL: ormolu and applied with individual white enamel chapters and with engraved outer minute ring, enamel centre signed 'FORTIN A PARIS', hands now gilded
    MOVEMENT: with rectangular plates joined by five vase-shaped pillars, now with Brocot-type anchor escapement, with calibrated countwheel for strike on bell above, the back plate also signed; pendulum
    The clock: 40 in. (101.5 cm.) high; 19¾ in. (50 cm.) wide; 8 in. (20 cm.) deep;
    The bracket: 16 in. (41 cm.) high; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) wide; 9 in. (23 cm.) deep


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    Augustin Fortin, maître horloger in 1726.
    A closely related Louis XV ormolu-mounted Boulle marquetry bracket clock by François Goyer, with the movement by Augustin Fortin was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 7 December 2005, lot 317 (£7,200 with premium), while a further related example, also by the horloger was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 16 July 2003, lot 356.

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