• The Manolo March Collection Fr auction at Christies

    Sale 7817

    The Manolo March Collection From Son Galcerán, Mallorca

    28 - 29 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 175

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND WHITE MARBLE MANTEL TIMEPIECE WITH PULL QUARTER REPEAT

    THE MOVEMENT BY DENIS-FRANCOIS DUBOIS, PARIS, THE CASE BY ROBERT OSMOND, THE DIAL BY ELIE BARBEZAT AND DATED 1777

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND WHITE MARBLE MANTEL TIMEPIECE WITH PULL QUARTER REPEAT
    THE MOVEMENT BY DENIS-FRANCOIS DUBOIS, PARIS, THE CASE BY ROBERT OSMOND, THE DIAL BY ELIE BARBEZAT AND DATED 1777
    CASE: Surmounted by a pomegranate-topped vase finial, on a white marble plinth above toupie feet, stamped 'OSMOND' to the rear
    DIAL: white enamel with black inscriptions and inner concentric calendar ring, crimson signature 'D.s F.c Dubois/A PARIS', unusual blued steel quatrefoil main hands and plain date hand, signed to the reverse 'Barbezat/1777'
    MOVEMENT: with circular plates, single barrel movement with silk suspension to verge escapement, rackwork positioned on the back plate for quarter repeat on two bells (one lacking)
    15¾ in. (40 cm.) high; 15 in. (38 cm.) wide; 5½ in. (14 cm.) deep


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    Robert Osmond, maître-fondeur en terre et sable in 1746 and appointed juré des fondeurs in 1756, often signed his pieces. Influenced by the bronzier Caffieri, Osmond was one of the first to interpret the new neo-classical style. His work was much in demand among sophisticated collectors and aristocratic patrons. As a result, his atelier flourished in the early 1760s. Assisted by his nephew Jean-Bapiste Osmond, maître-fondeur in 1764, who succeeded him on his death in 1789, the Osmonds included most of the avant-garde elite of French society amongst their clients.

    The design of the present clock is No.110 in Osmond's Livre de Desseins of 1775, now housed in the Bibliothèque Doucet, Paris (H. Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol.I, p.228.)

    Elie Barbezat, émailleur en cadrans, settled in rue Bertin Poir and flourished from 1768-1776. His dials appear on clocks by Peignat, Robin and Ragot.

    Denis-Francois Dubois was appointed maître in 1767. During the period 1772-1778 he is recorded at premises in rue des Cordeliers.

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