AN EMPIRE ORMOLU STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK
PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF COUNT FINCK VON FINCKENSTEIN (LOTS 166-168)
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK

CLAUDE GALLE, PARIS, CIRCA 1805

Details
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK
CLAUDE GALLE, PARIS, CIRCA 1805
CASE: with a young woman holding a wreath of roses above a nest-form basket with three Amorini above a cylindrical case in the form of a tree trunk, on a stepped oval base with ribboned festoons and turned feet DIAL: white enamel with pierced and engraved gilt hands signed 'Galle Rue Vivienne à Paris' MOVEMENT: twin barrels with anchor escapement, silk suspension and countwheel strike to bell; with pendulum
17¾ in. (45 cm.) high; 11 in. (28 cm.) wide; 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) deep
Literature
H. Ottomeyer & P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Vol. I, Munich, 1986, p. 368, fig. 5.13.7.
E. Niehüser, French Bronze Clocks, 1700-1830, Atglen, 1999, p. 132, no. 216.

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Lot Essay

Claude Galle (1758-1815) was a renowned bronzier to the Garde-Meuble during the reign of Louis XVI and was first established at Rue du Four before moving to 60 Rue Vivienne. During the early 19th century, he supplied works to many French and Italian palaces, including Tuileries, Fontainebleau and the Grand and Petit Trianons at Versailles (C. Plante and R. Garnier, Designs for Gilt Bronze Objects from the French Restoration 1814-1830, London, 2002, pp. 25-26). For related models, see Niehüser, op. cit., p. 230, no. 707.
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