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A Large and Finely Cast Louis XVI Style Gilt and Patinated Bronze Cercles Tournants Clock Depicting The Three Graces

FRANCE, Circa 1880

REF No. B71320

dimensions

Height :82 cm | 44¹/₄ in
Width :35 cm | 13³/₄ in
Depth :29 cm | 11³/₈ in

description

A Large and Finely Cast Louis XVI Style Gilt and Patinated Bronze Cercles Tournants Clock Depicting The Three Graces.

The clock having an 8-day, lever platform escapement, striking on a bell.

This large and impressive table clock depicts the Three Graces finely cast in gilt-bronze with flowing drapery robes. The figures support a star studded, patinated bronze, sphere with a ‘cercle tournant’ dial in white enamel, with Roman Numerals and gilt fleur-de-lis; the pointer hand in the form of an arrowhead. The sphere is surmounted by two playful putti, one reclining the other holding a bow and the clock is raised on a stepped oval marble base, banded by a stiff-leaf gilt-bronze border.

The design for this exceptional clock is a variation on an eighteenth century model attributed to the fondeur-ciseleur François Vion, which depicts the Three Graces, possibly after Falconet, entwined and supporting a sphere containing an orbit movement.

A design for a Three Graces clock by Vion, dating from 1770 is conserved in the bibliothèque Doucet and is reproduced in H. Ottomeyer, P.Pröschel et al., ‘Vergoldete Bronzen’, München, 1986, vol. I, p. 179, ill.3.7.4.

This model by François Vion, is thought to have been initially designed around 1765 and is first recorded as having been delivered by the marchand-mercier Simon-Philippe Poirier in 1769 to Madame Du Barry at the Château de Versailles. This clock is now in the collection of the Louvre and is illustrated in P. Verlet, ‘Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIe siècle’, 1987, p.261 (ill. 296), and p.279 (ill. 308-310).

literature

H. Ottomeyer, P.Pröschel et al. Vergoldete Bronzen,vol. I, (München), 1986; p. 179, ill.3.7.4.

P. Verlet. Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIe siècle, (Picard), 1987; p.261 (ill. 296), and p.279 (ill. 308-310).

A Large and Finely Cast Louis XVI Style Gilt and Patinated Bronze Cercles Tournants Clock Depicting The Three Graces







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