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    Sale 7464

    Un hôtel particulier du Faubourg Saint-Germain The Collection of The Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel

    21 - 22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 268

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND TÔLE PEINTE STRIKING PENDULE À CERCLES TOURNANTES

    LÉPINE, PARIS, NO.4544, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND TÔLE PEINTE STRIKING PENDULE À CERCLES TOURNANTES
    LÉPINE, PARIS, NO.4544, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Modelled as a simulated porphyry and green-painted pedestal and vase, entwined with a snake, the plinth inset with a detachable ormolu panel depicting amorini emblematic of the sciences, the vase with revolving enamel chapter rings and the snake indicating the time, the eight day twin barrels movement housed in the plinth and driving the rings above, with countwheel strike, the column with apertures for regulating the pendulum (lacking) and adjusting the rings, signed on the back plate Lépine/H.r de L'Imp.ce Paris/No.4544; decoration refreshed
    22¼ in. (57 cm.) high


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    This gilt-enriched mantel-clock is conceived in the late 18th Century manner to celebrate Love's triumph and 'sacrifices at Love's altar in Antiquity'. Apollo's pythian serpent marks the hour on an urn-capped sacred altar, that is formed from a truncated pagan column japanned in trompe l'oeil Egyptian porphyry. Its stepped altar plinth bears a golden bas-relief of studious genii celebrating the sun-deity Apollo's Mt. Parnassus role as leader of the Muses of the Arts and Sciences. The present clock can probably be attributed to the Place des Victoires clockmaker Pierre Claude Raguet (d.1810), who succeeded to the workshops of his father-in-law Jean-Antoine Lépine (d.1814) in 1784, whereafter he signed his clocks 'Lépine' and began numbering them from No. 4000. He was later appointed 'Horloger' to Empress Josephine.

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