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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 32

    AN EMPIRE GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK

    FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, THE DIAL AND MOVEMENT BY BASIL-CHARLES LEROY

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    AN EMPIRE GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK
    FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, THE DIAL AND MOVEMENT BY BASIL-CHARLES LEROY
    Modelled with the figure of a harlequin holding an arch-shaped clock, the enamel circular dial incribed with Roman chapters and arabic numerals, signed 'Leroy, Hger/De Mme Mere' and surmounted by a cockerel stepping out of the case to give the time, the door to the case inscribed 'L'artiste/Du Jour', above a shaped breakfront base mounted with an anthemion cartouche and flanked by butterflies, on bun feet, with steel Breguet hands, with countwheel strike on bell
    13¼ in. (34 cm.) high; 10¼ in, (26 cm.) wide; 3¾ in. (9.5 cm.) deep


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    This charming and amusing clock features a Harlequin wearing a mask and holding a Comptoise clock surmounted by a bird peeking out of its gable with the door inscribed 'l'artiste du jour. The Harlequin, a main character of the Commedia dell'Arte is depicted here in a facetious and mischevious pause, gesturing the bird not to alert the victim of an imminent trick.

    The dial of this clock is signed by Basile-Charles Leroy (1765 - 1828), maître in 1788, who is recorded to have collaborated on clocks with foremost bronziers such as Rémond and Galle. Interestingly, Leroy was appointed Horloger de Son Altesse Impériale Madame Mère de l'Empereur Napoléon in 1805, Horloger du Roi de Westphalie circa 1810, and Horloger du Roi under the French Restauration. A virtually identical Harlequin clock is illustrated in E. Niehüser, French Bronze Clocks, 1700-1830, Munich, 1999, p. 168.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 27-32)