Designed in the elegant neo-classical style of the 1770s, with their distinctive figures en arabesques, or siren mounts, in the manner of Etienne-Maurice Falconet, this eyecatching clock relates to the work of the ciseleur-doreur François Rémond, who often worked in collaboration with the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre. Elected maître in 1774, Rémond often incorporated such figures en arabesques in his work, which featured on une paire de girandoles à lumières, portées par des figures en arabesques, supplied to princesse Kinsky in 1788 through Daguerre.
Two closely related clocks are recorded:
-one sold from the collection of Sir George Liondsay Holford, sold in these Rooms, 13-14 July 1927, lot 200 (the body described as being of 'Sèvres gros-bleu porcelain')
-one sold from the collection of Mme C. Lelong, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 11-15 May 1903, lot 866, with green Sèvres porcelain body.
A pair of closely related vases, which were thought to have originally been the flanking vases of a clock garniture, but with bodies of Chinese blue porcelain of differing shape, was sold from the Alexander collection, Christie's New York, 30 Aprl 1999, lot 95 ($650,000 exc. premium). Two further vases of this model are recorded, and with the same ovoid model, one at Waddesdon Manor, and one sold in these Rooms from the Sneyd heirlooms, 26 June 1964, lot 96 (discussed in G. de Bellaigue, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Furniture, Clocks and Gilt-Bronzes, Fribourg, 1974, vol. II, no. 208, pp. 774-5).