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A GILT-METAL AND ENAMEL-MOUNTED BROWN-PAINTED MODEL OF A GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with central lantern supported by solomonic columns above the crossing with a pitched roof, the west facade with triangular pediment above a clerestorey and a further circular window with stained glass panels, the central recessed arched door flanked by a pair of niches and two further towers, the sides with a similar arcade and central pedimented transepted door enclosing a fitted interior with Christ upon the cross above the tripartite altar with a shell niche apse flanked by a pair of trompe l'oeuil funerery monuments with an arcaded nave centred by a pulpit upon a moulded triangular plinth

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A GILT-METAL AND ENAMEL-MOUNTED BROWN-PAINTED MODEL OF A GOTHIC CATHEDRAL with central lantern supported by solomonic columns above the crossing with a pitched roof, the west facade with triangular pediment above a clerestorey and a further circular window with stained glass panels, the central recessed arched door flanked by a pair of niches and two further towers, the sides with a similar arcade and central pedimented transepted door enclosing a fitted interior with Christ upon the cross above the tripartite altar with a shell niche apse flanked by a pair of trompe l'oeuil funerery monuments with an arcaded nave centred by a pulpit upon a moulded triangular plinth
33¾in. (85.5cm.) wide; 31in. (79cm.) high; 24in. (61cm.) deep

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This modello relates to the fashion for Gothic clock case designs cast by founders such as Barozet Frères in Paris, who specialised in reductions of the great French cathedrals such as Rouen, Reims and Paris from circa 1835-50 (see H.Ottomeyer & P.Pröschel Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich 1986, p. 416, fig. 6.1.3)
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