• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 222

    A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU AND SEVRES STYLE PORCELAIN MANTEL CLOCK, ON GILTWOOD PLINTH

    RETAILED BY MAISON GIROUX, PARIS, THE CLOCKWORKS BY LENOIR, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU AND SEVRES STYLE PORCELAIN MANTEL CLOCK, ON GILTWOOD PLINTH
    RETAILED BY MAISON GIROUX, PARIS, THE CLOCKWORKS BY LENOIR, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The barrel-form clock case flanked by two putti astride swans, the dial signed LENOIR/A PARIS, the base centered by a plaque painted with an amorous couple, the underside of the clock variously stamped RD and applied with two retailer's labels, on a serpentine giltwood plinth
    17¼ in. (43.7 cm.) high, 22 in. (56 cm.) wide, 6¼ in. (15.7 cm.) deep, overall


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    The Maison Alphonse Giroux was established in 1799 by François-Simon-Alphonse Giroux (d.1848), with premises at 7, rue du Coq-Saint-Honor, Paris. Specializing in the production and sale of small items of furniture, objets d'art, de fantaisie et de papeterie, the firm was responsible for the bedroom suite supplied to Charles X in 1826. In 1838, the company was taken over by Giroux's two sons, Alphonse-Gustave (d.1886) and André (d.1874), who under the name of Giroux & Cie, continued and expanded the business, showing and frequently winning medals at the various international exhibitions throughout the end of the 19th century.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOTS 208-229)