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    Sale 7466

    Le Goût Steinitz, III

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 367

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU CARTEL CLOCK

    THE MOVEMENT AND DIAL BY GABRIEL COURIEULT, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU CARTEL CLOCK
    THE MOVEMENT AND DIAL BY GABRIEL COURIEULT, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    The circular white-enamelled glazed dial with Roman and Arabic numerals and twin-barrel movement signed 'Courieult A Paris', within an oak-leaf wrapped and laurel garlanded stepped case flanked by military trophies and surmounted by a laurel-garlanded flaming urn finial, above a pierced base and draped ram's head boss, the finial vase and flanking laurel swags later
    32 in. (82 cm.) high; 15¼ in. (39 cm.) wide


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    Gabriel Courieult, maître-horloger in 1767.

    This extraordinary cartel of monumental proportions is indebted to the goût Grec designs of Jean-Charles Delafosse and Jean-Louis Prieur, 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 and reedited in expanded versions in the 1770s were composed to inspire artisans working in a wide range of media, who could either carry out the published design or rather take elements from it.
    The military trophies point to an attribution to Delafosse and although designs for cartels tend to be scarce in Delafosse's oeuvre a drawing with putti, musical and military trophies can be found in the Bibliotheque de l'Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and published in L'oeuvre de Delafosse. Cahiers de bronzes, vases orfèvrerie, etc., Paris, n.d..

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