20 - 21 September 2005
A LOUIS XV ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK
The enamelled dial signed BUNON A PARIS with roman hours and arabic minutes, the silk suspension movement striking on a bell dated 1757 on the mainspring, the case surmounted by a putto in the guise of Mercury with a caduceus and bag of coins, flanked by a female with an anchor and speaking trumpet, and a negro putto in a feathered skirt holding a quiver of arrows, seated on a powder keg with a cannon and shot at his feet, the dial supported by rope and tied cotton bales; on a pierced flowerhead and guilloche plinth, 39 cm. (15 1/4 in.) high, 32 cm. (12 1/2 in.) wide, 14 cm. (5 1/2 in.) deep
W. F. Bradshaw Antiques, Sydney
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The iconography of the clock is likely to refer to the extensive and profitable French posessions in North America, which were lost to Great Britain at the cessation of the French and Indian War of 1754-63.
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