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A RARE SQUELETTE TABLE TIMEPIECE
VANDERSTEEN À PARIS. CIRCA 1815.


The timepiece is supported on a plain bell shaped piece on an ormolu cylinder with a small central band of anthemion leaves and a beaded upper edge. This is again supported on a circular white marble column on a square plain plinth.
The dial consists of a white enamel chapter ring with Arabic hour chapters and fifteen minute numerals and a concentric inner date ring numbered for the even days and with marks for the odd days. The lower edge is signed " Vandersteen à Paris" The open dial centre reveals the fine wheelwork of the motionwork and the hands are of blued steel.
The 28 day movement has a recoil escapement and a gridiron pendulum with a lenticular bob which is suspended on a knife edge.

Vandersteen. Paris. Rue de l'Echiquier. 1815-1820.

Height: 14.5 ins. (37 cms.)
Width: 5.5ins.(14 cms.)
Depth: 5.5 ins (14 cms.)

Price: £

Ref: U03

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A FINE ORMOLU FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK.
Galle. Rue Vivienne à Paris. Circa 1805
"Amarettos in a Nest"


A young woman with dress and hair "à la Grecque" holds a wreath of roses over a nest shaped basket containing three Amarettos, resting on a tree trunk into which the clock dial and movement is inserted. The oval base , decorated with foliate swags and a floral pattern banding , stands on four bun feet.
The white enamel dial with Roman hour chapters , is signed , "Galle. Rue Vivienne à Paris", and the matching hands are of pierced gilt brass
The eight day movement has a silk suspended pendulum and strikes the hour and half hour on a bell.

Claude Galle (1759 - 1815) was one of the most famous bronziers from his time, became master in 1786 and moved with his workshop in 1805 to Rue Vivienne .


Illustrated : No. 216 page 132 in French Bronze Clocks by Elke Niehüser.

Price: £

Ref:SR7

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A SMALL DIRECTOIRE " SQUELETTE" .
Orange à Versailles Circa 1795

A late 18th century marble , ormolu and enamel skeleton clock signed Orange à Versailles..
The dial and movement, is supported on two parallel arches which rest on two pairs of turned ormolu supports on an off-white marble base with a beaded top edge and standing on four ormolu feet. The front arch is decorated with a deep blue fired enamel with gilt stars and bordered with ormolu beading which also borders the chapter ring and winding arbors.
The white chapter ring has Roman hour numerals and Arabic five minute markers, an inner concentric 31 day calendar ring with red numerals, and is Signed "Orange à Versailles".The gilt hands are pierced and the open spade calendar hand is of blued steel.
Through the center of the chapter ring , can be viewed the eight day striking square shouldered movement with a fully skeletonised front and back plate revealing all of the wheelwork. The sunburst pendulum is silk suspended. Both ends of the spring barrels are also skeletonised.

Height: 9.8 ins. (25 cms.)
Width: 6.3 ins. (16 cms.)
Depth: 4.3 ins. (11 cms.)

Price: £SOLD

Ref:SR6

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A SMALL OAK LONDON BRACKET CLOCK WITH PASSING STRIKE by Joseph Fairer,
17, Bishopsgate Without. LONDON
No.990 Circa 1852

The oak case, made of finely selected burr and grained timber has a flat top with a cornice moulding and stands on a rectangular base with a plinth moulding on four pad feet. The front glazed door with an integral silvered reflector ring reveals the silvered and engraved rectangular dial which is signed to the centre , "FAIRER 17, Bishopsgate Without, LONDON. 990". There are Roman hour numerals and the space outside the minute track is filled with fine foliate and floral engraving. The hands are of steel.
The rear glazed door reveals the 8 day fusee movement with rectangular plates and and a rear mounted bell for the passing strike on the hour. The brass pendulum has a lenticular bob and a holdfast for transportation.

Height :11 ins. ( 28 cms.)
Width : 8¾ ins. ( 22.2 cms.)
Depth: 6¼ ins. ( 15.9 cms.)

Joseph Fairer is listed in Brittens as making at 17, Bishopsgate Without . London 1851-1853.

Price: £SOLD

Ref: T43

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A RARE LOUIS XVIth ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK.
Mercier. Paris. CIRCA 1785


The fire gilded case depicts two spaniels supporting the main clock movement and dial which is surmounted by Cupid amongst clouds and carrying a flaming torch.
The high quality casting is superbly finished with burnished highlights enhancing the detail.
The white enamel dial has Arabic hour numerals and is signed Mercier a Paris.
The pierced interlaced hands are of gilded brass.
The eight day movement countwheel strikes on a bell, and the pendulum is silk suspended .


 


Price:P.O.A.

Ref:SR5


 

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A LOUIS XVIth ORMOLU AND WHITE MARBLE FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK.
Le Nepveu à Paris. Circa 1785


The clock, supported by a reeded column, is flanked by fire gilded bronze sculptures of " la Renommée" and a child holding a medallion of Henry IVth.
The white marble base with an inset pierced foliate gilt bronze frieze stands on four turned feet. And above this there is a stepped ormolu plinth.
The white enamel dial has Roman hour chapters and Arabic five minute numerals with small gilt markers. The dial is signed , "Le Nepveu A PARIS " in red script. The rear of the dial is signed by the enameller , (Merlet").
The eight day movement with flat bottom plates has a star countwheel and strikes on a bell. The Brocot escapement and suspension are a nineteenth Century conversion.


Height: 14 ins. (39.4 cms.)
Width: 11.4 ins.(29 cms.)
Depth: 5.5 ins (14 cms.)


LE NEPVEU Nicolas-Antoine. (b. 1736; d Paris 24 April 1796). Ouvrier libbre (1767);Received as master on 8 January 1773by Trinity Hospital privelege.Established Rue de Salkle au Compte (1773), Rue Magloire (1796).Used clock cases by J.B Caron l'Ainé, E.C. Vauchery, N. Bonnet, Leduc and F. Rémond. He had gilding done by J.L. Cannet and dials made by Barbezat.
Museum: Paris, musée Nissim de Camondo.

 

Price:P.O.A.

 

Ref:T48

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A WHITE MARBLE AND GILT BRONZE PORTICO MANTEL TIMEPIECE . CIRCA 1800


The white marble case on a rectangular base with gilt mounts has two turned pillars supporting an architectural pediment with gilt foliate mounts and central mask above the drum and with a tasseled apron below.

The white enamel dial behind a convex glass with hinged bezel, has Roman numerals with Arabic fifteen minute markers and blued steel Breguet hands.

The eight day movement countwheel strikes on a bell and the pendulum with sunburst bob is silk suspended.


Height: 14½ins. (36.8cms.)
Width : 9½ins. (24.1cms.)
Depth: 4 ins. (10.2cms.)

Price:SOLD

Ref:T34

 

 

 

 

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AN ORMOLU " PENDULE SQUELETTE"
OGER À PARIS . CIRCA 1810.


The clock is held behind a fretted and matted frame , and surmounted by a pair of swans feeding from cornucopiae and with a central urn topped with a mask with anthemion headress.
Immediately below the clock , two putti flanking a relief casting of an urn, stand within a gallery holding olive branches . Below this is an apron consisting of an eagle with thunderbolt (representing Zeus), suspended from oak tree branches. The whole is supported on six turned and ringed baluster pillars on an oval base with a fine milled edge casting.
The Roman dial consists of a white enamel chapter ring, signed "Oger à Paris" with a blue outer edge decorated with gold stars. The open dial center reveals the motionwork of the clock and the pierced hands are gilt.
The eight day movement stikes on a bell and the sunburst pendulum is silk suspended.

Height: 18.5 ins (47cms.)
Width :9ins. (22.9cms.)
Depth:4 ins. (10.16cms.)

Price:

Ref:T32

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A "TRANSITIONAL PERIOD" ORMOLU
MANTEL CLOCK.
Guydamour à Paris . Circa 1770

The ormolu case (designed by Antoine Foullet and executed by Augustin Pajou), standing on toupee feet, has a rectangular base with a high relief guilloché design with laurel leaves .
The clock movement and dial is enclosed within an ormolu drum which is supported centrally on a pedestal with a reeded front and flanking this are two classical female seated figures representing Justice and Wisdom.
Justice , on the right hand side , holds a sword in her left hand and balance scales in her other hand.
Wisdom , on the left side, holds a snake in her left hand (representing wisdom ) and she is looking into a mirror (representing self-reflection ) in her right hand .
The white enamel dial has Arabic hour chapters and red fifteen minute Arabic numerals and it is signed in red, "Guydamour ,
Paris.". The finely chased and pierced hands are of gilt brass.
The movement has countwheel striking on a bell and the pendulum is silk suspended.
A beautifully proportioned neo-classical clock of extreme quality.


Height: 14 ins. (38.75cms.)
Width : 16½ins. (25.4cms.)
Depth: 4¾ ins. (12.7cms.)

Price:

Ref: T31

Edme-Philibert Guydamour (b. Paris 28 Sepember 1752; d. Paris 17 January 1798). Son of Edme, wine merchant., and Marie Godart. Nephew by marriage of Balthazar Lieutaud, master cabinet maker. Apprenticed to L.N. Delaunay (17660 AND j.f. CALON (1772).Ouvrier libre.Received as master on 14 august 1784. Established Rue Saint-Denis. Guydamour produced high quality clocks , using cases by the Osmonds and F Rémond.
Museums: Spain, Patrimonio Nacional; New York, Metropolitan Museum ; Pavlosk, chateau; Saint petersburg, Hermitage; San Marino (Calif.) Huntington Collection.

Antoine Foullet was a great specialist of the clock case production. He was an independent cabinet-maker and became a master quite late in his career, when he reached 40.
When he died in 1775, the inventory of his possessions details a very productive workshop with six fully tooled benches and an important stock of clock cases.
Antoine Foullet designed and produced very high quality bronze clock cases, although the corporation rules forbade that practice. It is interesting to note that this rule did not influence him much, as he left a large number of clock cases in his inheritance to his son Pierre-Antoine. The Foullets father and son were great masters of the"rococo" style, and surpassed themselves in the neo-classicial style, to which our clock belongs.
Some of the best public and private collections in the world exhibit their artwork.

Augustin Pajou 1730-1809 ) was an exceptionally talented sculptor: as a pupil of his father, also a sculptor, he grew up in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine. As his talent was noticed at an early age, he became also a pupil of Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne
After 4 years in Lemoyne's workshop and aged only 18, he won first prize of theRoyal Academy of Scupture. Winning the Rome award, he was taken under the protective wing of Louis XV who financed further studies at the French Academy in Rome, then under the directorship of the painter Nicolas Vleughels.
Some of his creations can be found in the best monuments in and around Paris, such as the Royal Palace or the Opera Room in Versailles.

 

 

 

 

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AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND GREEN MARBLE MANTEL CLOCK . "ASTRONOMY".
CIRCA 1810.


The clock represents "Astronomy", after a design by Jean-Andre Reiche (1809). The case consists of a "borne" shape simulating a library and containing the clock dial and movement, flanked by a woman leaning on her elbow and reading and on the other side an armillary sphere on a reeded column. The base is made of "vert de mer" marble and stands on toupee feet.
The white enamel dial has Roman numerals , and the gilt hands are well chased.. The eight day movement countwheel strikes on a bell and the pendulum is silk suspended.

Height: 13.4ins. (34cms.)
Width : 11.8ins. (30cms.)
Depth: 4.7 ins. (12cms.)

Price:SOLD

Ref:T10

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A LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE MOUNTED WHITE MARBLE STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK WITH CALENDAR. By "GASTON JOLLY a PARIS."
CIRCA 1790.


The marble case densely covered with ormolu scroll mounts has an urn finial trailing berried laurel mounts to the sides, break arched sides to the base, and stands on toupee feet. The white enamel Roman convex dial with Arabic quarters and inner concentric calendar ring, is signed within a banner to the centre, " GASTON JOLLY a PARIS". The gilt hands are of pierced criss-cross design and the calendar hand is a blued steel arrow. The twin barrel movement with flat bottom plares countwheel strikes on a bell , has a verge escapement and silk suspended pendulum.

Francois- Pierre Jolly called Gaston Jolly, was received as master on 6th May 1784. Established Rue des Arcis (1784). Rue Michel le Compte, subsequently renamed Rue Michel le Pelletier. Used clock cases by the Osmonds.


Height: 15.25ins. (38.75cms.)
Width : 10ins. (25.4cms.)
Depth: 5 ins. (12.7cms.)

Price:


Ref: TXX

 

 

 

 

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AN IMPRESSIVE LOUIS XVIth MARBLE AND ORMOLU PORTICO CLOCK
Piolaine à Paris. Circa 1785

This impressive portico clock stands on toupee feet on a black marble plinth and has a white marble base with rounded front corners with applied ormolu mounts and and a centrally inset relief cast panel showing putti at play . Two further inset foliate mounts are inset in the sides.
The clock movement and dial within a gilded drum, and on a scrolled foliate cast support attached to a galleried and beaded white marble platform , is supported on four fluted white marble columns with ormolu bases and capitals.
Flanking the clock dial, are two white marble urns with ormolu foliate tops, and surmounting the clock is an ormolu lyre with marble plinth flanked by two Putti.
The white enamel dial is signed" Piolaine à Paris and there are Arabic hour numerals and fifteen minute markers. There is also an additional calendar ring. The pierced and chased minute and hour hand are of a criss-cross design with fleur de Lys tips , and the calendar hand is of blued steel with an arrow tip.
The eight day movement countwheel strikes on a bell and has a silk suspended pendulum with a large sunburst bob.

Michel-Francois Piolaine M. 1787. Rue des Ecrivains, 1789. Rue des Gravilliers, de l'an VII à 1810.


Height:29 ins. (73.7cms.)
Width : 18ins. (45.7 cms.)
Depth: 8 ins. (20.3cms.)

Price:

Ref:MSR2

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A FRENCH RESTAURATION ORMOLU MANTEL CLOCK.
Douyon CIRCA 1824

This fine sculptural ormolu clock has a rectangular base which stands on four ball feet, the front two with butterfly wings and the back two with fine engine turning.
The clock movement and dial is contained within a representation of the earth into which Tethys (the goddess of freshwater , rivers and clouds) is pouring the life giving water from her pitcher, causing the visible growth of the plants. The goddess is standing amongst the clouds with her drapery flowing in the wind.
The base has an inset frieze with two doves drinking from an urn framed by a ring and surrounded with further floral and foliate decoration . Below this there is an anthemion moulding on the lower plinth.

Height: 17½ins. (44.5cms.)
Width : 12¼ins. (31.1cms.)
Depth: 5 ins. (12.7cms.)

Price:SOLD

Ref: S62

 

 

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A MARQUETRY "CAMPAIGN" CLOCK CIRCA 1840.
The rectangular case of rosewood with foliate and floral marquetry and with fine boxwood stringing, has a small glazedaperture in the flat top. The clock is surmounted by a decorative fire gilded handle
The circular white enamel dial , behind a hinged decorative beaded bezel with bevell edged glass has Roman hour numerals, steel pierced hands and is signed Henry & Cie. À PARIS. The movement is of eight day duration , countwheel strikes on a bell and has a silk suspended pendulum. The backlate is also stamped "Henry & Cie, à Paris.

Height: 9.5 ins.
Depth: 4.5. ins.

Price: £SOLD

Ref : S22

 

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AN ORMOLU AND MARBLE FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK. Barrard & Vignon. Paris Circa 1860


The fine gilded bronze figure of Marie Antoinette reclines on a scroll baccked chair and tasselled cushion on a Vert de Mer marble base on toupee feet.

The clock is held within the base of the chair and has an engine turned silvered dial with Roman numerals and blued steel Breguet hands . The movement countwheel strikes on a bell and the backplate is stamped with the makers name and address. The pendulum is silk suspended.

Barrard & Vignon . Rue Commines. 7. Paris 1860-1870

Height: 13ins.
Width: 7.5 ins.
Depth: 4 ins.

Price: £

Ref: R95

 

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A SMALL ORMOLU PORTICO MANTEL CLOCK.
LENOIR RAVRIO À PARIS. CIRCA 1830


The clock with an arched top is supported between two columns on cube bases with applied floral paterae. The base has angled front corners and has a bow and quiver motif to the front.
The compensated pendulum with a large lenticular bob hangs on a steel suspension from the eight day movement which countwheel stikes on a bell.
The white enamel dial surrounded by a decorative floral bezel, has Roman numerals , blued steel Breguet pattern hands and is signed " L. Ravrio. Paris."

Lenoir Ravrio. Paris. Rue des Filles St. Thomas. 1820-1840


Height: 13ins. (32.5cms.)
Width : 7.5ins. (19cms.)
Depth: 4 ins. (10.1cms.)


Price: £SOLD

Ref: Q06

 

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A LOUIS XVIth BLACK AND WHITE
MARBLE PORTICO CLOCK WITH ORMOLU MOUNTS..
GAVELLE À PARIS CIRCA 1780

The drum case with an ormolu wreath below is surmounted by an urn, supported by two pedestal shaped ormolu mounted columns topped by urns. The shaped stepped base with foliate mounts is raised on turned feet
The white enamel dial with Arabic numerals signed Gavelle L.e A Paris and has pierced and engraved fleur-de-lis hands.
The similarly signed flat bottomed countwheel bell striking anchor movement has a silk suspended sunburst pendulum,

Gavelle. Pierre, called l'Ainé. (born Paris 1753. died Paris 14 December 1802). Son of Jean-Jacques and Marie-Madeleine Grimperel.. Married to Marie-Jeanne Leclair. Received as Master on 4th September 1771. Député (1785). Worked with his father until 1787, then set up a separate establishment in the Rue Saint denis (1787) and the Rue des Juifs (1801).
Museums: Chaalis, musée Jacquemart-André,; Pavlosvsk, château.

Height: 20½ins. (52cms.)
Width : 14ins. (35.5cms.)
Depth: 5 ins. (12.7cms.)


Price: £

Ref: Q10

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