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    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 248

    A LOUIS XVI PARCEL-SILVERED, TWO-TONE GILT AND GREEN-PAINTED CARTEL CLOCK CASE

    IN THE MANNER OF JEAN-CHARLES DELAFOSSE, LATE 18TH FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LOUIS XVI PARCEL-SILVERED, TWO-TONE GILT AND GREEN-PAINTED CARTEL CLOCK CASE
    IN THE MANNER OF JEAN-CHARLES DELAFOSSE, LATE 18TH FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY
    The central recess for the movement within a shield of scrolls and anthemia, before spears hung with chains, laurel branches and drapery, surmounted by a plumed helmet with Egyptian sphinx, lacking movement, with paper label inscribed in pen 5651
    60 in. (153 cm.) high, 33½ in. (85 cm.) wide


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    This robustly carved clock frame of exceptional scale is inspired by the engravings of Jean-Charles Delafosse (1734 - 1789) disseminated from the late 1760s. Delafosse's ornamental designs for trophies, cartouches, clocks, decorative objects and architectural details were first published as part of his Nouvelle Iconologie Historique in 1768 and reedited in expanded versions in the 1770s. The plates were composed to inspire artisans working in a wide range of media, who could either carry out the published design or re-use various elements from it. The use of a military trophy points directly to Delafosse as the source of the design for this clock as fanciful compositions employing this type of iconography are plentiful in his work. Two designs for cartel clocks employing distinct motifs found on the present lot - one surmounted by a feathered military helmet and a figure, another with crossed drapery-swagged spears - are published in L'oeuvre de Delafosse. Cahiers de bronzes, vases orfèvrerie, etc., Paris, n.d., c. 58 - 59.

    This clock was part of the extraordinary collection of C. Ruxton and Audrey B. Love which was sold in a series of auctions at Christie's, New York, in 2004. [See also lot 260.]

    Provenance

    The C. Ruxton and Audrey B. Love Collection, Christie's, New York, 20 October 2004, lot 569.