• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 791

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED WHITE AND BLACK MARBLE STRIKING PORTICO CLOCK

    THOMAS PATE, PARIS, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED WHITE AND BLACK MARBLE STRIKING PORTICO CLOCK
    THOMAS PATE, PARIS, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    CASE: with lyre finial flanked by winged putti, on foliate scrolls, with urn finials on galleried tier, floral swags below, on four fluted columns, the plinth with inset ormolu panels, a further black marble plinth on disc feet DIAL: white enamel and signed Pâté Paris, pierced and engraved ormolu hands MOVEMENT: twin barrels, anchor escapement and countwheel strike on bell; double mask pendulum, winding key
    29 in. (74 cm.) high; 18¼ in. (46.5 cm.) wide; 8 in. (20 cm.) deep


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    Thomas Pâté is recorded dying aged 81 in 1805. A clock of related design is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, L'Encyclopedie de La Pendule Française, Paris, 1997, p. 197, plate F.

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