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    Sale 2825

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    30 June - 1 July 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 453

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED, WHITE AND BLEU TURQUIN MARBLE FIGURAL STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK 'L'AMOUR PERDU'

    JEAN-ANTOINE LEPINE, PARIS. LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED, WHITE AND BLEU TURQUIN MARBLE FIGURAL STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK 'L'AMOUR PERDU'
    JEAN-ANTOINE LEPINE, PARIS. LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The carved white marble vestal leaning against an urn flanked by a torch and a flower bouquet above a circular white, red and black enamel dial with beaded ormolu bezel, signed Lépine Her DU ROY PLACE DE LOUIS X4, on a moulded bleu turquin plinth base, the twin barrel movement with silk suspesion and countwheel strike on bell, backplate signed Lépine Hger du Roy AParis No 4215
    53 cm. high


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    Jean-Antoine Lépine
    Lépine (1720-1814) was one of the foremost clockmakers of his time. He executed a very wide range of clocks, in the 1788 inventory of the Garde Meuble, no less than thirty clocks bearing his name are listed (J.D. Augarde, Les Ouvriers du Temps, Geneva 1996, p. 354).
    His prestigious clientèle included the Comtesse de Provence, Prince Charles de Lorraine, the Princesse de Lamballe and various other members of the Court. His Chef-d'oeuvre is perhaps the double-faced clock he supplied in 1769 for the famous Bureau du Roi in Versailles.

    A nearly identical model is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la Pendule française du Moyen Age au XXe siècle, Paris 1997, p. 295, ill. C.

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