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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 356

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK

    BY IMBERT L'AINE A PARIS, LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK
    BY IMBERT L'AINE A PARIS, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The circular dial signed by Imbert l'Aine à Paris, framed by entrelac border, the backplate inscribed conformingly, the movement with outside countwheel strike in drum-shaped case mounted with flambeau and quiver trophy flanked by a martial putto holding a relief medallion of Henry of Navarre, the bowed rectangular base with a plumed helmet, a fasces and cloud swirls, mounted with trefoil panels, on stud feet
    17 x 13 in. (43 x 33 cm.)


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    Jean Gabriel Imbert, l'aîné, Paris, maître-horloger in 1789. Imbert l'aîné is recorded to have executed a porcelain clock, now in the Residenz, Munich, and a mantel clock, now in the Palais de Fontainebleau.

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    Provenance

    Sir Cecil Beaton, C.B.E., Reddish House, Wiltshire (+); Christie's house sale, 9 June 1980, lot 70.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Compared to aesthetes like Beckford, King George IV, Ludwig II and Diaghilev, Cecil Beaton furnished his home at Reddish House in an eclectic style that was as theatrical and fantastic as his personal life. Although Surrealism, popular art and the Marché aux puces played a part in forming his decorations, Beaton was particularly fascinated by the French eighteenth-century, even organising a legendary fête champêtre at Ashcombe, his house before Reddish. When buying French objects or furniture, he often consulted Paul Wallraf and Felix Harbord.