16 December 1999
A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU-MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL PENDULE RELIGIEUSE
The later dial with an applied chapter ring set with white enamel Roman chapters with foliate pierced gilt-brass hands, the pounced dial plate engraved below with scrolling acanthus foliage inhabited with two birds and centred by an angel emblematic of learning, the twin barrel movement with Brocot-type anchor escapement and countwheel strike (lacking hammer) on a bell, the gently domed top surmounted by four foliate-wrapped finials above a pierced foliate plinth, the projecting angles further mounted with finials above an arched glazed door flanked by projecting canted angles with part stop-fluted Corinthian columns, with shaped apron, on part-reeded bun feet, lacking apron mount, lacking bracket
21 in. (53.5 cm.) high; 14 in. (37 cm.) wide; 6 in. (16.5 cm.) deep
Rothschild inv. no. AR584.
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