AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK: ORPHEUS PLAYS TO THE ANIMALS
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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK: ORPHEUS PLAYS TO THE ANIMALS

TARAULT, PARIS, CIRCA 1805

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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK: ORPHEUS PLAYS TO THE ANIMALS
TARAULT, PARIS, CIRCA 1805
CASE: the standing figure of Orpheus playing the flute with attendant salamander, bull, sheep and dog, on a stepped rectangular base with signs of the zodiac mounts and turned feet DIAL: white enamel with inner concentric calendar, pierced and engraved gilt main hands and blued steel date hand signed 'Tarault à Paris Faub. St. honoré' MOVEMENT: twin barrels with recoil anchor escapement, silk suspension and countwheel strike to bell; lacking pendulum
21 in. (53.3 cm.) high; 17¾ in. (45.2 cm.) wide; 6 in. (15.2 cm.) deep
Literature
E. Niehüser, French Bronze Clocks, 1700-1830, Atglen, 1999, p. 68, no. 97.

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For related examples, see Niehüser, op. cit., p. 234, no. 784 and Colon de Carvajal, Catalog de Relojos del Patrimonio National, Madrid, 1987, p. 352, cat. 343. Tarault or Tharault is recorded at Fg St-Honoré from 1804 to 1810 (Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, p. 604).

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