31 March 2000
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK
Circa 1812, the dial signed BAUSSE RUE DE RICHELIEU NO. 47
Depicting Aurora lifting the cloak of darkness from the globe and revealing a comet, the globe centered by a dial with enamelled Roman chapter ring, with a cockerel standing to the side, on a rectangular base mounted with winged putti tying a large floral bouquet and with further bouquets flanking, on ball feet, the cockerel largely replaced
20in. (51cm.) high, 15in. (38cm.) wide, 5in. (12.5cm.) deep
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Pierre Guillaume Basse, maître in 1782.
This clock probably depicts the comet of 1811-1812, known as Napoleon's Comet. A closely related clock is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la Pendule Franaise, Paris, 1997, p.394, fig. C.
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