Dimensions: H: 20 in / 51 cmDescription
An Ormolu and Marble
“Three Graces” Cercles Tournants Clock
After the model by Clodion
Of fantastic quality and modelled from finely chased and gilt bronze; the clock supported on a carved Carrara marble tripartite plinth raised on toupie feet, the three mythical Graces representing youth/beauty, mirth, and elegance, draped in floral garlands and supporting the globe containing the clock movement with annular enamel dial representing the hours in Roman numerals and the minutes in Arabic numerals; a seated putto above a bed of clouds at the apex. The backplate of the movement is stamped with the Medaille D'argent roundel by the maker Vincenti & Cie.
The company of Vincenti was founded in Montbeliard, on the Franco-Swiss border in 1823, and ownership passed to Messrs Roux in 1834; at the 1855 Paris Exhibition they won the silver medal.
Mestdagh, Camille, and Pierre Lécoules. L'ameublement d'art français 1850-1900. Paris: Éd. de l'Amateur, 2010, p. 89-90 (illus. fig. 82), illustrating an example by Alfred Emmanuel Beurdeley identical to the example bought by the Duc d’Aumale for Château de Chantilly.
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