• The Decorative Arts Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 2827

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    22 - 23 September 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 579

    A NAPOLEON III PATINATED BRONZE AND BLACK MARBLE THREE-PIECE CLOCK GARNITURE

    CIRCA 1890, CAST FROM THE MODEL BY BARBEDIENNE

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    A NAPOLEON III PATINATED BRONZE AND BLACK MARBLE THREE-PIECE CLOCK GARNITURE
    CIRCA 1890, CAST FROM THE MODEL BY BARBEDIENNE
    The case surmounted by the figure of Diana the Gabies, black marble dial applied with brass numerals, eight-day twin barrel movement stamped Japy Frères, flanked by a pair of urns cast with mascarons, sphinxes and lions' head looped handles
    The clock: 58 cm. high overall, the figure of Diana 32.5 cm. high
    The urns: 32.5 cm. high (3)


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    The marble original of this model was excavated in 1792 on Prince Borghese's property at Gabii, outside Rome, by Gavin Hamilton. It was purchased by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1807, and was displayed in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, where it remains today.

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