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A LOUIS XV ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE 'PENDULE AUX CHINOIS'
A LOUIS XV ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE 'PENDULE AUX CHINOIS'

CIRCA 1750, THE DIAL SIGNED 'CAUSARD, HGER DU ROY A PARIS', AND BY THE ENAMELLER 'BAUDET'

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A LOUIS XV ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE 'PENDULE AUX CHINOIS'
CIRCA 1750, THE DIAL SIGNED 'CAUSARD, HGER DU ROY A PARIS', AND BY THE ENAMELLER 'BAUDET'
With a circular white enamel dial with Roman hours and Arabic minutes signed Causard Hger du Roi/à Paris within a rocaille-cast surround, supported by a pair of robed male chinoiserie figures supporting a third smaller chinoiserie figure under a pierced ormolu trellis with flowers and foliage, all resting on a rockworkd and flower-cast base raised on pierced foliate rocaille C-scrolls
23½ in. (60 cm.) high, 23½ in. (58.5 cm.) wide, 12½ in. (32 cm.) deep
Literature
R Tardy, Dictionaire des Horlogers français, Paris, 1971, p. 116.

Lot Essay

Edme-Jean Causard, Horloger Privilégié du Roi circa 1753.

This charming clock exemplifies the taste for whimsical chinoseries at the height of the Louis XV period, with its sculptural Chinese figures combined with an abundance of rocailles. The overall design can almost certainly be seen as the creation of a marchand mercier such as Lazare Duvaux, while lacquered bronze figures of this type, often with polychrome decoration, are usually associated with the Martin dynasty, who in 1744 renewed a Royal patent for lacquer wares 'en relief dans le goût de Japon et de la Chine'.

A clock of the same model but signed by Charles le Roy à Paris, was sold Christie's, Monaco, 19 June 1988, lot 29 and is probably that illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de La Pendule Française du Moyen Age au XXe sig©gle, Paris, 1997, p. 124.

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