• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 461

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED, PATINATED BRONZE AND MARBLE 'PENDULE A L'ETUDE'

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, THE DIAL AND MOVEMENT LATER

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED, PATINATED BRONZE AND MARBLE 'PENDULE A L'ETUDE'
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, THE DIAL AND MOVEMENT LATER
    With circular enameled dial signed 'WIART A PARIS' flanked by seated Classical figures reading above a shaped plinth mounted with a figural plaque and scrolling foliage, replacements to mounts, the works with red French & Co. inventory number '50509', lacking eagle on cresting
    19 in. (48 cm.) high, 26½ in. (66 cm.) wide


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    The two seated figures derive from the models of L'Etude and la Philosophie created for the Sèvres factory by Louis-Simon Boizot in 1780. The design is believed to have derived from one by Dominique Daguerre who commissioned the bronzier François Rémond to execute it in bronze circa 1783. In 1788 Daguerre delivered two of these clocks to Louis XVI for the Château de St. Cloud (P. Verlet, Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1987, p. 322).

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND (LOTS 455-474)