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A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS-INLAID AND TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY QUARTER-STRIKING CLOCK AND PEDESTAL
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A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS-INLAID AND TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY QUARTER-STRIKING CLOCK AND PEDESTAL

MOVEMENT SIGNED CLAUDE D. G. MESNIL, PARIS, THE CLOCK AFTER THE MODEL BY ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE, FIRST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, PARTIALLY REMOUNTED

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A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, BRASS-INLAID AND TORTOISESHELL 'BOULLE' MARQUETRY QUARTER-STRIKING CLOCK AND PEDESTAL
MOVEMENT SIGNED CLAUDE D. G. MESNIL, PARIS, THE CLOCK AFTER THE MODEL BY ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE, FIRST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, PARTIALLY REMOUNTED
The case surmounted by a figure of Father Time, the brass dial with enamel chapters, later subsidiary seconds ring, the triple barrel movement with two countwheels to the backplate, striking an hour bell and two quarter bells above the case, formerly with verge escapement, now with recoil anchor escapement and fitted with long pendulum, signed 'Claude D. G. Mesnil A Paris', restorations and replacements to bronze
113 in. (287 cm.) high overall; 32 in. (81.5 cm.) wide; 16 in. (40.6 cm.) deep; the pedestal 63 ¾ in. (162 cm.) high; 32 in. (81.3 cm.) wide; 15 in. (38 cm.) deep
Provenance
Collection of Pons de Renneport family, Champagne.
Marquise de Cabonnier, née Rennepont.
Madame Ferdinand Riant, née Fleurieux, thence by descent,
sold Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 12 June 1956, lot 148, where noted 'by family tradition, given by Louis XIV to the Marquis de Renneport'.
Collection of the comtesse de Chavagnac, Paris.
With Galerie Kraemer, Paris.
The Greenberg Collection; sold Sotheby's, New York, 21 May 2004, lot 22.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Paris, 14 April 2010, lot 28.
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Claude Du Grand Mesnil (d. 1782), maître 1716, later recorded at Pont au Change 1745-59.

THE CLOCK CASE DESIGN
An engraving by Jean Bérain depicting a mantel clock with similar overall form and harpy supports above a plinth base, is preserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Cabinet des Estampes, Paris, and in the Bibliothèque Doucet, Paris (H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et. al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1989, vol. I, p. 48, fig. 1.5.1). This model is discussed by J. N. Ronfort in 'André-Charles Boulle: die Bronzearbeiten und seine Werkstatt im Louvre', Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich 1986, vol. II, pp. 485-488). The above mentioned Royal Collection clock is one of two at Windsor Castle (the second also with later Vulliamy movement), both have the same case as another example formerly at Mentmore Towers, Buckinghamshire (later sold Collection Djahanguir Riahi, Christies, London, 6 December 2012, lot 42.) apart from slight variations in the mounts, and both have a figure of Father Time/Chronos above the dome. Ronfort dates this model to 1695-1700 and points out that it was particularly fashionable around 1700, the probable date of the terracotta model for a mantel clock with domed cresting attributed to Jean Cornu (1650-1710) now in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu (G. Wilson, European Clocks in the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996, no. III, pp. 14-19.). Another probably closest in design is on the chimneypiece of the Chambre de Monsieur le Prince at the Château de Chantilly. A further similar example, from the collection of the Rt. Hon. Viscount Emlyn, Stacpole, Pembrokeshire, sold Sotheby's, London, 13 July 1962, lot 187.

COMPARABLE PEDESTAL CLOCKS
The present clock and pedestal combination is one of three known. The closest is that sold from the Estate of Ogden Phipps, Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 2002, lot 85, the movement unsigned. The second is that in the Royal Collection (RCIN 30004), with differences to the pedestal mounts, the later movement by Vulliamy (C. Jagger, Royal Clocks, London, 1983, pp. 124-5).


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