• The Manolo March Collection Fr auction at Christies

    Sale 7817

    The Manolo March Collection From Son Galcerán, Mallorca

    28 - 29 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 99

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU STRIKING CARTEL CLOCK

    FILLE PREVOST, ANGERS, CIRCA 1775

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU STRIKING CARTEL CLOCK
    FILLE PREVOST, ANGERS, CIRCA 1775
    CASE: surmounted by a vase finial with rams' head monopodiae, the sides with figures of amorini, the bracket section below with breakfront platform and centred by a relief panel depicting musical amorini within a beaded frame, with oak leaf and acorn swag below
    DIAL: white enamel with black Roman and Arabic chapters and crimson day and date indications, pierced and engraved gilt-metal main hands and blued steel calendar hands, signed 'Fille Prevost/A ANGERS'
    MOVEMENT: with rectangular plates joined by four pillars, twin barrels with silk suspension to anchor escapement, countwheel strike on bell, formerly quarter repeating; pendulum, winding key
    37 in. (94 cm.) high; 20¼in. (51.5 cm.) wide; 6 in. (15 cm.) deep


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    A cartel clock with movement by Jean-Baptiste Lepaute (maître in 1776), displaying an almost identical plinth and undoubtedly executed by the same ciseleur-doreur, was sold from the Collection of M. Hubert de Givenchy, Christie's Monaco, 4 December 1993, lot 7. A second of exactly the Givenchy model was sold at Sotheby's New York, 16 May 1987, lot 27. These two related cartels lack the supporting putti and have a ribboned bow in place of the Bacchic urn finial, whilst the tablet friezes are proportionately larger and supported by incised tabs rather than ball finials.

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