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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 139

    A RESTAURATION ORMOLU AND PARIS PORCELAIN MANTEL CLOCK AND GARNITURE

    ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN-FRANÇOIS DENIÈRE, CIRCA 1830

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    A RESTAURATION ORMOLU AND PARIS PORCELAIN MANTEL CLOCK AND GARNITURE
    ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN-FRANÇOIS DENIÈRE, CIRCA 1830
    The clock of Greek temple form, mounted with plaques depicting fable scenes, with dead-beat escapement movement, the cups in the form of Greek krater vases with similarly-decorated pedestal bases, the plaques marked to the reverse with various manufacturer's marks designated for assembly
    the clock 20½ in. (52 cm.) high, 11½ in. (29 cm.) wide, the cups 12 in. (30.5 cm.) high, 8¼ in. (21 cm.) wide


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    Jean-François Deninger, called Denière, was one of the most illustrious bronziers of the first half of the 19th century. Appointed Envoy in Constantinople around 1796, the bronzier Denière entered into partnership with François Mathelin in 1797. They founded a prosperous operation and their atelier had over 200 workers during the Empire period - a number that subsequently doubled during the reign of Louis-Philippe. Fournisseur to the duchesse de Berry and Louis-Philippe, Denière also worked for the duke of Hamilton, Ferdinand VII of Spain, William II of Hesse, William II of Holland, Tsar Alexander II of Russia, and other heads of state. In 1817-1818 Denière furnished some of the bronze work for the redecoration of the White House in Washington. He furthermore produced the mounts for the cradle of the duc de Bordeaux in 1820 and the bronzes for Charles X's coronation coach in 1825.

    Along with Pierre-Philippe Thomire, Denière was one of the leading architects of the goût Égyptien under the influence of Baron Vivant-Denon - although confusingly he not only sold models invented by his fellow bronziers but also bought the chefs modèles of former bronziers in sales liquidating their stock.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, Paris, 4 October 2006, lot 345.