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A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU, KINGWOOD AND MAHOGANY PEDESTAL, in the Louis XVI style, possibly by Linke, of square tapering form with plinth support and angled pilasters, the frieze below egg-and-dart moulding centred by an Apollo mask with laurel-enriched glory, the hinged panel door flanked to each side by an acanthus scroll bracket and with poetic trophy comprising a trumpet-crossed Grecian lyre supporting flower-festooned 'arabesque' foliage framing a sacred urn, whose Hymen's torch finial is ribbon-tied with festive cornucopiae, the sides with parquetry-inlaid panels with a beaded 'pearl' frame on four bacchic panther feet with concave-sided plinth and toupie feet

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A NAPOLEON III ORMOLU, KINGWOOD AND MAHOGANY PEDESTAL, in the Louis XVI style, possibly by Linke, of square tapering form with plinth support and angled pilasters, the frieze below egg-and-dart moulding centred by an Apollo mask with laurel-enriched glory, the hinged panel door flanked to each side by an acanthus scroll bracket and with poetic trophy comprising a trumpet-crossed Grecian lyre supporting flower-festooned 'arabesque' foliage framing a sacred urn, whose Hymen's torch finial is ribbon-tied with festive cornucopiae, the sides with parquetry-inlaid panels with a beaded 'pearl' frame on four bacchic panther feet with concave-sided plinth and toupie feet
19½in. (49.5cm.) wide; 58¼in. (148cm.) high; 12in. (30.5cm.) deep

Lot Essay

The original pedestal, now in the Louvre, was designed in the Louis XVI 'antique' manner to support an ormolu (régulateur) clock, framed by cloud-borne cherubs with garlands, which was manufactured about 1780 by J-H. Riesener (maître ébéniste 1768), see F. Watson, Louis XVI Furniture, 1960, fig. 47.

Réné Lexcellent (fl. 1860-1923) of the rue Breguet, Paris, exhibited his version of the régulateur at the 1900 Paris Exhibition
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