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A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK: THE RAPE OF EUROPA
A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK: THE RAPE OF EUROPA

THE MOVEMENT BY LE BEUF, PARIS, POSSIBLY MID-18TH CENTURY

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A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE MANTEL CLOCK: THE RAPE OF EUROPA
THE MOVEMENT BY LE BEUF, PARIS, POSSIBLY MID-18TH CENTURY
CASE: the clock case supported by a bronze bull standing on a pierced and asymmetric rock-work base DIAL: the restored white enamel dial signed 'Le Beuf A Paris', pierced engraved ormolu hands MOVEMENT: with twin barrels, four vase-shaped pillars securing waisted plates, silk-suspended later anchor escapement, calibrated countwheel strike on replaced bell, signed 'Le Beuf A Paris'; pendulum, winding key
22½ in. (57 cm.) high; 17 in. (43 cm.) wide; 7¾ in. (19.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Acquired from Vicai Horlogerie, Paris, 1985.

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Lot Essay

Noël-Jean Le Beuf, maître in 1753, recorded Place Dauphine in 1755 and died in 1769.

Designed in the Louis XV picturesque manner, this clock celebrates the Triumph of Love and derives from Ovid's Metamorphoses concerning plants, animals and the pagan gods ability to commune with mortals. Jupiter, the father of the gods, is represented as the loving abductor, who, seeing the nymph Europa gathering flowers by the shore, adopted the guise of a bull to carry her away to the consternation of her companions. This celebrated model is displayed in several collections; an identical example signed by Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain and originating from the Château de Saint-Cloud and the Tuileries, is exhibited at the Musée de Louvre, Paris (OA5168), and illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, P. Proschel, et. al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 125, fig. 2.8.8. Related models with slight variants in the foliage and form from the collections at Schloss Aschaffenburg and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, are illustrated, ibid. figs. 2.8.7 and 2.8.9.
A related clock, sold Christie's London, 5 July 1973, lot 31, and now in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California, (Accession number 73.DB.85), is illustrated and discussed in A. Sassoon and G. Wilson, Decorative Arts, A Handbook of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, 1986, p. 41, fig. 88, where further examples stamped by Robert Osmond are listed.

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