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    Sale 5366

    Christie's Interiors- Style & Spirit

    23 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 15

    AN EMPIRE GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK

    FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE MODEL BY CLAUDE GALLE

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    AN EMPIRE GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK
    FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE MODEL BY CLAUDE GALLE
    The vase-shaped case with river masks and addorsed dolphins, surmounted by Venus in a clam shell drawn by doves, the base centred by Neptune flanked by sea horses
    13 in. (33 cm.) high; 12¼ in. (31 cm.) wide; 4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) deep


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    Claude Galle (d.1815) was amongst the greatest bronziers and fondeur-ciseleurs of the late Louis XVI and Empire periods. First patronised by the Garde meuble de la Couronne under Jean d'Heure from 1786-1788, he is known to have collaborated with Pierre-Philipe Thomire, amongst others, and was responsible for much of the bronzes d'ameublement supplied during the Empire period to Fontainebleau.

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