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    Sale 2034

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 106

    A BERLIN (K.P.M.) FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK

    CIRCA 1914-1918, BLUE SCEPTRE, IRON-RED ORB AND BLACK MALTESE CROSS MARKS, THE MOVEMENT STAMPED LENZKIRCH, AOG, U, MILLION, 123, 918995, AND AGUL H5 WITHIN OVAL

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    A BERLIN (K.P.M.) FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK
    CIRCA 1914-1918, BLUE SCEPTRE, IRON-RED ORB AND BLACK MALTESE CROSS MARKS, THE MOVEMENT STAMPED LENZKIRCH, AOG, U, MILLION, 123, 918995, AND AGUL H5 WITHIN OVAL
    In the Art Deco taste, surmounted by a celestial orb supported by four gilt sphinxes, the square clockcase painted with floral bouquets and gilt with anthemion bands, flanked by seated classical figures, possibly Mars and Venus, one showing a child a sword, the other holding the child's hand, a basket of flowers nearby, on a cartouche-shaped base painted with lush flower garlands and raised on four square feet, two molded with busts of a either a warrior or a goddess within octagonal surrounds
    33½ in. (85.6 cm.) wide


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    The central element of the present clock, the star-studded sphere with a calendar ring with the signs of the Zodiac, the whole supported on four sphinxes and standing on the roof of an Egyptian temple, is almost certainly based on a design by Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine. A watercolor for a closely related Pendule égyptienne à sujets featured as Plate VIII in their engraved pattern-book Recueils de Décorations Intérieures, published in 1801. Compare The Wildenstein Collection, Christies, London, 14 & 15 December 2005. Related clocks with this central element were supplied by to the château de Fontainebleau and to the Grand Trianon at Versailles.

    Saleroom Notice

    As additional information to the catalogue entry, please note that the present form was designed by Paul Schley (1854-1942). It is recorded in the KPM-Modellbuch of April 1914 as Model No. 10499. Our thanks to the Berlin (K.P.M.) archive for providing this information.