A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN CARTEL CLOCK AND BAROMETER
A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN CARTEL CLOCK AND BAROMETER
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A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN CARTEL CLOCK AND BAROMETER

BY EMMANUEL-ALFRED (DIT ALFRED II) BEURDELEY, PARIS, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN CARTEL CLOCK AND BAROMETER
BY EMMANUEL-ALFRED (DIT ALFRED II) BEURDELEY, PARIS, LATE 19TH CENTURY
Each with ribbon-tied stem above a body headed by intertwined wreaths with a jasperware plaque and flanked by mounts emblematic of the winds, above plaques labelled 'RÉAUMUR' and 'CENTIGRADE,' each dial signed 'A. Beurdeley Fils / A PARIS', the reverse of each variously inscribed 'BY,' the clock with twin-barrel movement and 'MEDAILLE DE BRONZE / S. Marti et Cie' cachet
The clock: 45 ¾ in. (116 cm.) high
The barometer: 45 ½ in. (115.5 cm.) high

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Lot Essay

The present cartel clock and matching barometer are based on a model attributed to the bronzier Pierre-Joseph-Désiré Gouthière (d. 1813), formerly at the Château de Saint-Cloud and now in the permanent collection at the Musée du Louvre (cat. nos 392 and 393).

It is exceptionally rare to find a pair of this model by Beurdeley. A pair sold from the Collections Beurdeley, Palais d’Orsay, Paris, 16 May 1979, lot 49 which, with comparison to the dial signature etc., are possibly the same pair then sold Christie’s, London, 25 May 2000, lot 126 (£42,300). Another pair is recorded in the Pierre Lécoules archive and illustrated in C. Mestdagh, L'ameublement d'art français: 1850-1900, Paris, 2010, fig. 258., p. 221.

It is thought that Beurdeley and Henry Dasson were concurrently granted reproduction rights of the Gouthière model and that the patterns or ‘master models’ were sold in the Beurdeley sales 6-9 May 1896 after their workshops closed. The existence of a cartel clock of this model signed to the dial P. Sormani but stamped to the bronze BY suggests that Sormani bought the patterns from the Beurdeley sale and continued making the model (see A Private Collection Volume II, Sotheby's, New York, 19 April 2007, lot 28).

Please see Lot 200 for a note on the Beurdeley dynasty.
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