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    Sale 2811

    European Noble and Private Collections

    24 - 25 June 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 317

    A RESTAURATION ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE SUNFLOWER TIMEPIECE

    FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RESTAURATION ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE SUNFLOWER TIMEPIECE
    FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The naturalistically cast sunflower with a detachable bezel inset with a watch movement (unsigned) with white enamel dial and ormolu hands above a stem with a coiled serpent, the cast base surrounded by a pierced rim, possibly originally with an ormolu encrier base, now lacking
    27 cm. high


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    Cast in the naturalistic fashion, this timepiece is well executed to front and reverse. A virtual identical sunflower timepiece (with its original encrier base) is depicted on a watercolour illustrated in C. Plante and R. Garnier, Designs for gilt bronze objects from the French restoration 1814-1830, London 2002, p. 68, plate 52.
    Clocks of closely related designs have been succesfully sold Christie's, London, sale 7412, 5 June 2007, lot 1; Christie's New York, sale 8668, lots 505 and 509; Christie's New York, The Collection of Countess Donina Cicogna-Mozzoni, 30 March 1995, lot 95 and Christie's House sale The collection of Mrs. Robert Tritton, Godmersham Park, 6-9 June 1983, lot 283.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF J.E. DE VISSER, HOORN (LOTS 218-343)