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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 155

    A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU, CARVED IVORY AND BLUE-ENAMELLED THREE-PIECE GARNITURE DE CHEMINEE

    BY EMILE FROMENT-MEURICE, FROM A DESIGN BY EMILE CARLIER, CIRCA 1869

    Price Realised  

    A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU, CARVED IVORY AND BLUE-ENAMELLED THREE-PIECE GARNITURE DE CHEMINEE
    BY EMILE FROMENT-MEURICE, FROM A DESIGN BY EMILE CARLIER, CIRCA 1869
    Comprising a clock à cercle tournant and a pair of five-light candelabra: the clock modelled as a running maiden and putto supporting a vine-draped star-studded celestial globe with zodiac rotating ring, on a truncated column base signed to the left side FROMENT-MEURICE, the candelabra of tripod athenienne form, each mounted with a garland bearing putto and issuing naturalistic branches, on a conforming base and toupie feet
    The clock: 32 in. (81 cm.) high; The candelabra: 29½ in. (75 cm.) high (3)


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    The renowned nineteenth-century firm of Froment-Meurice, jewellers and goldsmiths, was founded by François Désiré Froment-Meurice (1802-55) and continued by his son Emile (1837-1913). Froment-Meurice exhibited at the international exhibitions in Paris, Copenhagen and Brussels, winning a Médaille d'Or in 1889 and the Grand Prix in 1900.
    The firm also received prestigious commissions from Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie, Amélie d'Orléans, Queen of Portugal, and supplied silver and objets d'art for the Duc d'Aumale's restoration of the Château de Chantilly.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR


    Literature

    P. Burty, 'Les industries de luxe à l'Exposition de l'Union centrale', in La Gazette des Beaux-Arts, December 1869, pp. 529-547.
    J. Lanoue, 'Exposition de l'Union centrale', in La Gazette des Beaux-arts, December 1874, pp.511-525, ill. p. 519.
    Tardy, La Pendule française, Paris, 1987, vol. 3, ill. 80.
    'Trésors d'argent, les Froment-Meurice, orfèvres romantiques parisiens', in Atlantica Magazine, March 2003.


    Exhibited

    Exposition de l'Union Centrale des Beaux-arts appliqués à l'industrie, Palais de l'industrie, Champs-Elysées, 1869, number 156. Exposition de l'Union Centrale des Beaux-arts appliqués à l'industrie, Palais de l'industrie, Champs-Elysées, 1874, number 105. Exposition au Musée de la Vie Romantique, Trésors d'argent, les Froment-Meurice, orfèvres romantiques parisiens, Paris, 4 February-15 June 2003, cat. no. 66, ill. p. 106.