London, South Kensington
26 February 1998
a louis xvi gilt and patinated bronze small mantel timepiece with calendar
The drum-shaped case surmounted by a swag-hung urn and supported on the back of a lion, the rectangular plinth with Greek key borders and projecting angles trailing berried laurel swags, the white enamel Roman dial with Arabic five minutes and inner concentric calendar ring, pierced gilt-metal hands and blued date pointer, the later associated movement mounted with a platform lever escapement to the backplate also stamped 4953
9½in. (24cm.) high
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A similar model is illustrated in Ottomeyer/Pröshcel Vergoldete Bronzen, Klinkhardt and Biermann, Munich 1986, p.193, figs. 3.11.4 and 3.11.6.
Please note that this clock is in the Louis XVI style but is not of that period; it dates from the late 19th century. The movement is original to it. The calendar ring is a mock one; there is no actual calendar work.
The estimate is now 500-800.
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