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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 133

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The white enamelled circular dial inscribed with Roman and Arabic numerals, headed by ribbon-tied fruited foliate garlands, surmounted by a swag-adorned flaming urn, flanked by an allegorical figure of Astronomy and a putto emblematic of Geography, the rectangular-shaped base carved with foliate scrolls and headed by a mask, on bun feet, the dial signed 'Durand A Paris', the movement signed 'Chevalier'
    16 in. (41 cm.) high; 13¾ in. (35 cm.) wide; 6 in. (15 cm.) deep


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    Pierre Durand, maître-horloger in 1777.

    This charming clock features a classically-draped allegorical figure of Astronomy (or Uranie) and a putto emblematic of Geography. This allegorical model of clock is recurrent in late 18th Century French pendules and can be found on related clocks illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française du Moyen-âge au XXe Siècle, Paris, 1997, p 244, figs D and E, and p. 264, figs. A and B).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 133-144)