A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY REGULATEUR DU PARQUET
A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY REGULATEUR DU PARQUET
A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY REGULATEUR DU PARQUET
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A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY REGULATEUR DU PARQUET

CIRCA 1740, BY BALTHAZAR LIEUTAUD, THE MOVEMENT BY HENRI VOISIN

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A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED KINGWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND MARQUETRY REGULATEUR DU PARQUET
CIRCA 1740, BY BALTHAZAR LIEUTAUD, THE MOVEMENT BY HENRI VOISIN
With scrolling foliate and floral spray cresting above an enameled Roman numeral steel dlal signed HENRI VOISIN A PARIS, the movement also signed, over a shaped case mounted with shells, scrolling foliage and rocaille and inlaid with a musical trophy and floral sprays, the lower portion with a cartouche form glazed panel on a scrolling foliate ormolu serpentine base and a later plinth, stamped B LIEUTAUD to hood and case
95 in. (241.5 cm.) high, 26 ¾ in. (68 cm.) wide, 12 ½ in. (32 cm.) deep
Provenance
With Maurice Segoura, Paris.
Parke Bernet, New York, 8 November 1969, lot 104.
Anonymous Sale (Property of a Palm Beach Collection); Doyle, New York, 24 January 2007, lot 1240.
Literature
R. Muhe & H. Vogel, Horloges Anciennes, Paris, 1978, p. 283, fig. 571.
P. Kjellberg, La Pendule Française, Paris, 1997, p. 159.
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Lot Essay

Balthazar Lieutaud was the son of the ébéniste Charles Lieutaud, maker of clocks and part of the privileged enclos of Saint-Jean de Latran. Living on the Ile de la Cité in the Rue de la Pelleterie, and later in the rue d'Enfer, he regularly worked for the most celebrated clock-makers including Balthazard, Voisin, Lepaute and Robin. His gulateurs were embellished with mounts of the foremost bronziers, including Caffiéri Jeune, Charles Grimpelle and Edme Roy. His chef doeuvre, a régulateur du parquet with a movement of the equation of time and now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, shares the same lush floral and shell mount above the base (2016.28). In addition to cartel clocks and regulators of the most pure rococo and neo-classical forms, Lieutaud also made furniture such as secretaires, commodes and encoignures.
The form of the present clock was one that Lieutaud apparently used almost as a template as it appears in varying degrees of richness to both the veneers and the mounts. They include one with a solid veneered case but virtually identical mounts in the Museé des Arts et Métiers, Paris, with works by Duhamel (Tardy, La Pendule Française, Paris, 1962, p.88) another from the collection of Barons Nathaniel and Alphonse de Rothschild; Christies, London, 8 July 1997, lot 207 and a simpler version offered at Christie’s, Amsterdam, 14-16 December, 2010, lot 436.

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