A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE ENGLISH COLLECTION (LOTS 9 AND 169)
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK

FERDINAND BERTHOUD, PARIS, CIRCA 1775, THE MOVEMENT AND CASE ASSOCIATED

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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK
FERDINAND BERTHOUD, PARIS, CIRCA 1775, THE MOVEMENT AND CASE ASSOCIATED
CASE: in the form of a garlanded and lidded vessel supported by two African figures, the sunburst pendulum below with draped surround, on an oval base with turned feet DIAL: white enamel with pierced and engraved gilt hands signed 'FERDINAND BERTHOUD' MOVEMENT: twin barrels with recoil anchor escapement, silk-suspension and calibrated countwheel strike to bell, the back plate signed 'Ferdinand Berthoud'; with sunburst pendulum
12¼ in. (31 cm.) high; 10 in. (26 cm.) wide; 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) deep
Provenance
Sold Sotheby's, London, The Rene Fribourg Collection: III, Part 1, 28 June 1963, lot 177, where acquired by the present owner.

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Ferdinand Berthoud (1727-1807) was one of the finest clockmakers of the 18th century. In 1766 he was appointed a member of the Royal Society of London and later a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. For a clock of the same model, see E. Niehüser, French Bronze Clocks, 1700-1830, Atglen, 1999, p. 206, no. 229.

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