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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 70

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU STRIKING EIGHT DAY MANTEL CLOCK

    THE CASE BY OSMOND, THE MOVEMENT BY J.F. BOURGEOIS. CIRCA 1775

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU STRIKING EIGHT DAY MANTEL CLOCK
    THE CASE BY OSMOND, THE MOVEMENT BY J.F. BOURGEOIS. CIRCA 1775
    CASE:with fruit-swagged urn finial flanked by silk-backed pierced frets, above oak leaf swagged arched case, above breakfront Vitruvian scroll decorated plinth, stamped 'OSMOND' to rear
    DIAL: white enamel and signed 'J.F. BOURGEOIS/A PARIS', pierced and engraved ormolu hands
    MOVEMENT: with twin barrels, anchor escapement with silk suspension and countwheel strike on bell, repeat signature to back plate; pendulum, winding key
    17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high, 13½ in. (34.5 cm.) wide, 6 in. (15 cm.) deep


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    Jean-Francois Bourgeois, recorded as maître in 1761, at Rue Taranne 1770-1772 and Rue du Petit Bourbon 1778.
    This clock illustrates many of the neo-classical ornaments which became fashionable in the third quarter of the 18th century. Vitruvian scrolls, ribbon-tied oak leaf garlands, acanthus leaves and the classical urn were made fashionable by several ornemanistes including Jean-Charles Delafosse (1734-1789), whose ornaments were published in his Nouvelle Iconologie Historique, the first volume of which was published in 1768 (S. Eriksen, Early Neo-Classicism in France, London, 1974, p. 170). A virtually identical clock, signed by Lepaute, was sold anonymously, Sotheby's Monaco, 23-24 June 1985, lot 935.

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    Provenance

    Sold Christie's London, Property from a Belgravia Residence, 27 April 2006, lot 216.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN