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    Sale 2034

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

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 107

    A MONUMENTAL BERLIN (K.P.M.) MONOGRAMMED IVORY AND PALE-GREEN GROUND THREE PIECE CLOCK GARNITURE

    LATE 19TH CENTURY, BLUE SCEPTRE AND IRON-RED ORB MARKS TO ALL, THE CANDELABRA WITH IMPRESSED 3288, 335, H AND CYPHERS, IRON-RED 37., AND GILT C, THE CLOCK SIGNED F. AULICH

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    A MONUMENTAL BERLIN (K.P.M.) MONOGRAMMED IVORY AND PALE-GREEN GROUND THREE PIECE CLOCK GARNITURE
    LATE 19TH CENTURY, BLUE SCEPTRE AND IRON-RED ORB MARKS TO ALL, THE CANDELABRA WITH IMPRESSED 3288, 335, H AND CYPHERS, IRON-RED 37., AND GILT C, THE CLOCK SIGNED F. AULICH
    In the Neo-Rococo taste, the clockcase of architectural rocaille form surmounted by a female-bust above a banner bearing an anthropomorphic sun and flanked by dragons spouting flames, all supported by scantily clad male and female figures, he in the guise of Hercules, the clockface supported from below by an open-mounted grotesque mask above a panel painted with ethereal flowers within a gilt scroll cartouche, the base with two putti frolicking before an AES monogram, raised on four scroll feet; the nine-light candelabra en suite
    37 in. (94 cm.) high (3)


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    The Berlin Konigliche Porzellan Manufaktur, known as KPM, was founded in the first half of the 18th century and, after financial difficulties, was taken over by Frederick the Great in 1763. Royal participation in the factory continued with particular interest being shown by Friedrich Wilhelm III (1777-1840) whos royal patronage, together with growing demand from an increasingly wealthy middle class, provided it with a solid base in the early 19th century.

    The design for this clock garniture and another long-case example sold at Christie's London, 1 November 2001, lot 54 are characteristic of Alexander Kips, artistic director at the Manufactory. The exuberant flower modeling, rocaille scrolls and putti typical of the Neo-Rococo style are fully exhibited in the present lot. Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941) is known to have favored this style, decorating the Neue Palais in the fashion. He is also recorded as presenting a Neo-Rococo long case clock to his grandmother, Queen Victoria, that was placed at Osborne House circa 1895, where it remains to this day. The massive scale and monogram on the present example are likely attributes of a royal or diplomatic order.

    Franz Aulich (Silesian 1852 - ), is recorded at the Berlin (K.P.M.) manufactory as a flower painter c. 1888.

    A clock of the same form was sold by Live Auctioneers, 11 February 2007, lot 1248.

    Saleroom Notice

    As additional information to the catalogue entry, please noted that the present form was designed by Paul Schley (1854-1942). It was first modelled in 1888 and is listed as Model No. 3415. Our thanks to the Berlin (K.P.M.) archive for providing this information.