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A REAÈNCE ORMOLU STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK
A REAÈNCE ORMOLU STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK

LOUIS MYNUEL, PARIS, CIRCA 1720

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A REAÈNCE ORMOLU STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK
LOUIS MYNUEL, PARIS, CIRCA 1720
CASE: the shaped case surmounted by a seated putto, cast rams head and lyre side frets, raised on leaf-wrapped feet DIAL the cast dial with individual enamel chapters and blued steel hands MOVEMENT: with twin going barrels, later anchor escapement and calibrated countwheel strike on bell, the back plate signed 'Mynuel A Paris 124'; pendulum, winding key
22 in. (56 cm.) high; 13¾ in. (35 cm.) wide; 6¾ in (17 cm.) deep
Provenance
Rémion Collection.
Acquired from Marcel Bissey, Paris, June 1969.
Literature
Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery, Visite Privée: Hôtels Particuliers de Paris, Paris, 1999, p.187.

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Lot Essay

Louis Mynuel, maître horloger privilégé suivant la Cour, active in Paris circa 1720.

This superb clock, with its winged putto surmounting the lyre and foliate cast case and enameled dial, recalls the work of Charles Cressent (1685-1768). Son of the sculpteur du Roi, François Cressent, he trained as a sculptor and was elected maître sculpteur of the Saint-Luc Académie on August 14, 1714. In 1719, Cressent married the widow of the cabinet-maker Joseph Poitou, and thus gained access to the cabinet-making trade. Shortly after, he was appointed ébéniste ordinaire des palais de SAR Monseigneur le Duc d'Orleans, Régent du royaume. Cressent's workshop was renowned for the high quality of both its bronzes and cabinet work, particularly the sculptural nature of the ormolu mounts.
An almost identical clock, surmounted by Father Time, sold Sotheby's Zurich, 30 May 2000, lot 85.

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