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A LATE LOUIS XV GILT-BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK
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A LATE LOUIS XV GILT-BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK

CIRCA 1760, THE DIAL SIGNED 'BTE. BALTAZAR A PARIS'

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A LATE LOUIS XV GILT-BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK
CIRCA 1760, the dial signed 'Bte. Baltazar A PARIs'
The white enamel dial signed by the maker 'Bte Baltazar A PARIS', the shaped case with scrolled feet with a horn and lyre hunting trophy finial and cast with fruit and flower swags, the twin-barrel movement with bell strike and outside count-wheel
15¾ in. (40 cm.) high
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Lot Essay

Either Jean-Baptiste-Claude Baltazar, who flourished in the rue Contrescarpe from 1765, or Jean-Baptiste Baltazar, Compagnon horloger, who was appointed Cour du Dragon in 1778.

The clock is designed in the mid-l8th Century 'gôut Grec' fashion and is garlanded with fruit and flowers crowned by Apollo's lyre in a pastoral trophy of musical instruments. A love-trophy of Hymen's acanthus-wreathed torch embellishes its antique-fluted and hollow-sided 'altar' pedestal, while Bacchus's 'thyrsus' pine-cone embellishes its garlanded plinth. Its ornament may indicate that it originally served as a 'Pendule a Musique' on a music box. A clock of this present pattern was offered at Christie's Monaco, 19 June 1988, lot 27.
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