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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 126

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, THE CASE POSSIBLY BY MARCEL-FRANCOIS NOEL

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, THE CASE POSSIBLY BY MARCEL-FRANCOIS NOEL
    The vase-shaped case raised on pierced square plinth with marble base, with white enamel chapter rings, the horizontally mounted twin barrel movement with silk suspension and counthwheel strike to bell, on an associated green marble plinth, one pierced panel to base later

    24 ¾ in. (63 cm.) high; the base 11 in. (28 cm.) wide; 11 in. (28 cm.) deep


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    It is possible that the case may have been furnished by the bronzier Marcel-François Noël, as a similar clock is recorded in a 1778 inventory of his workshop. A clock of the same model, with movement by Pierre-Michel Barancourt (who is known to have supplied movements to Noël) is illustrated in D. Augarde, Les Ouvriers du Temps, Geneva, 1996, p. 187, fig. 149. Noël, who achieved his maîtrise in 1766, was recorded variously at the rue Jean-Robert and the rue Neuve St-Martin. He numbered Louis XVI's brother, the comte d'Artois among his clients, and supplied 'beaux bronzes' to the latter's Parisian residence the palais du Temple in 1778.
    This same model, with a vine-wreathed drum base features on a clock inscribed by the Parisian clockmaker Joseph Léonard Roque, who established his workshops 'Au Vieux Louvre' in 1772, where he was able to practice his trade two years before achieving his maîtrise in 1774 (offered from the estate of Peter Sharp, Sotheby's New York, 13 January 1994, lot 30). Another urn clock by Roque, with similarly jewelled chapters, was offered Sotheby's, London, 10 July 1981, lot 170.



    Provenance

    Viscount Kemsley, Dropmore, Buckinghamshire (d.1968), by descent to his son
    The Hon. Anthony Berry,
    Thence by descent to the present owner