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A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED MANTEL CLOCK
A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED MANTEL CLOCK

THE CASE ATTRIBUTED TO ANTOINE FOULLET, CIRCA 1760

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A LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED MANTEL CLOCK
THE CASE ATTRIBUTED TO ANTOINE FOULLET, CIRCA 1760
The circular white enamel dial with Roman chapters within a shaped case flanked to each side by espagnolette mounts joined by a ribbon-tied bow-knot and surmounted by an armillary sphere, the swollen case with glazed viewing aperture enclosing a starburst pendulum and within a foliate-cast surround, on a spreading base with columnar angles resting on turned feet, with blue-rimmed paper lable to the inside of rear door iscribed '1364' and another to exterior of rear door with indistinct inscription'...otunte', the pendulum of later date
29½ in. (75 cm.) high

Lot Essay

The design for this clock appears as no. 17 of the Livre de dessins in the Doucet Library where it is given to Foullet and described as Cabinet d'Ebénisterie longue piece de table chinoise and costing 144 livres for the gilt version (H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, fig. 3.2.9). Foullet, who had an important stock of clock cases, also most likely had a commercial catalogue and could either make new cases or simply adapt existing ones.

Models identical to the present clock are illustrated in E. Niehüser, French Bronze Clocks, Atglen, PA, 1999, p. 243, pl. 150 and another was sold Christie's, London, 11 June 1992, lot 113.

The present clock belongs to a group of similar clocks, often with ram's head angles rather than the espagnolettes of the present version and other slight differences in the mounts. Many of these have cases made by Jean Goyer, mantre in 1760. One is illustrated in S. Eriksen, Early Neoclassicism in France, London, 1974, no. 107 and another was sold Sotheby's Monaco, 24 June, 2000, lot 118.

A virtually identical clock signed by Foullet sold from the collection of Evelyn Annenberg Hall, 17 May 2006, lot 339. Another nearly identical clock, with a slightly different sphere finial, was also advertised by Jean-Baptiste Diette, Paris, in Connaisance des Arts, September, 1964, p. 152.

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