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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND VERT DE MER MARBLE MANTEL CLOCK
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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND VERT DE MER MARBLE MANTEL CLOCK

THE DIAL SIGNED 'LE ROY', THE CASE ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE-PHILIPPE THOMIRE, CIRCA 1805

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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND VERT DE MER MARBLE MANTEL CLOCK
THE DIAL SIGNED 'LE ROY', THE CASE ATTRIBUTED TO PIERRE-PHILIPPE THOMIRE, CIRCA 1805
The circular enameled dial with Roman numbers and month day ring, the movement stamped P/No 309, the case stamped 676
20 ½ in. (52 cm.) high; 19 ¼ in. (48.8 cm.) wide
Provenance
Acquired from French & Company
Christie's New York, 24 November 1998, lot 44
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Lot Essay

The model of the present clock may be attributed to the celebrated bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire whose drawing for a clock of this model is in the National Museum of Stokholm. A further clock of this identical model is illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, Vergoldete Bronzen, Vol II, Munich 1986, p.329. It is also likely that it was retailed by the famous dealer and fondeur Claude Galle as an identical model whose case was signed Galle Paris was sold anonymously in Paris, Drouot, 18 June 1948, lot 21.
Further clocks of identical models are illustrated in P.Kjellberg, Encyclopedie de la Pendule Francaise, Paris, 1997, p.402, fig C.

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