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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 63

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK WITH CALENDAR AND WORLD TIME

    THE MOVEMENT BY FRANCOIS-JOSEPH HARTMAN, PARIS, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK WITH CALENDAR AND WORLD TIME
    THE MOVEMENT BY FRANCOIS-JOSEPH HARTMAN, PARIS, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular four-glass case on a bleu turquin marble plinth with inset putti frieze, the time dial signed 'HARTMANN A PARIS', the calendar dial above with days for each month, days of week, central moonphase aperture, painted ovals to the border with signs of the zodiac, the lower dial with 'twice 24 hour' time difference dial with global cities and countries, the substantial movement with conjoined double twin barrel movements for time and world time dials, skeletonised movement to the calendar dial, countwheel strike to bell
    24 in. (61 cm.) high; 14 ½ in. (37 cm.) wide; 9 in. (22.9 cm.) deep


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    Francois-Joseph Hartmann was recorded at 9, rue de Vannes, Paris, where he rented a shop. After his marriage he moved to 54 rue Saint-Eustache until July 1814 when he purchased Hôtel d'Italie, in the same street. Tardy also records that from 1810-30 he worked from rue Tiquetonne. By that time Hartmann had been appointed Horloger-Mécanicien pour l'Observatoire et la Marine. His few known clocks display a remarkable quality often using enamel dials by Joseph Coteau (1740-1812). A clock by Hartmann with both Gregorian and Republican calendar dials sold Bonhams, London, 28 June 2011, lot 81, other examples are illustrated in P. Kjellberg, "Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française du Moyen Age au XXe Siècle", 1997, pp. 281, 328 and 400).

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    Provenance

    Christie’s, Geneva, 16 June 1976, lot 36; where acquired by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A LADY