27 September 2000
A DIRECTOIRE BLACK AND GILT-JAPANNED TOLE CIRCULAR CARTEL CLOCK
The dial signed Sirost à Paris, circa 1800
The circular white enamel dial with black painted Roman numberals within a stiff leaf ormolu slip with cavetto molded case decorated with gilt floral patterns and painted border, with ball and ring finial
15½in. (39cm.) diameter
Aquired by the present owner from Martha Barnes Interiors, New York, 1956
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