AUCTION : 1018

Lots 867 - 876: Important French Clocks

Lot#: 867

DESCRIPTION: Attributed to Claude Galle, a monumental Verde Antico and gilt bronze mantel clock, "Hector's Farewell to Andromache", the stepped base resting on 6 four paw feet, palmette and bellflower ornamented base molding, the front with bas relief of Hector attempting to convince Paris to defend Troy, and with flanking mounts representing love and fidelity, and surmounted by figures of Hector and Andromache, Hector dressed for battle, and Andromache with a pained expression and holding their son Astyanax, the figures flanking the octagonal clock case containing a large, two train movement of 15 day duration, and with date function, roman numeral white enamel dial with inner date chapter, gilt and engraved brass hands with blued steel date indicator
CONDITION: case very dirty, but appears to retain its original gilding, slight gap between base molding and upper part of base, can be closed by loosening nuts and realigning the components, marble with minor flakes and chips, the small casting representing part of Andromache's puddled dress on the case top missing, dial with a few minor scratches and a very faint hairline at the center, movement ticks and strikes, old conversion from silk thread suspension to steel, back cock appears to be correct, pendulum replaced. This clock is nearly identical to a number of examples in public and private collections, including one in the Russian Royal Collection, Catherine wing of the palace of Montplaisir at Petrodvorest, another, formerly intended for the Grand Salon of the Petit Trianon apartments is pictured in Dupuy- Bayalet "Pendules du Mobilier National 1800- 1870", page 111, plate 47, and a third is at the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance in Paris, and illustrated in Dumonthier "Les Bronzes du Mobilier National, Pendules et Cartels", plate 37. Christie's New York sold a nearly identical example with a bronze base in 2014, sale 2884, 10/21/2014, lot 288, which realized $30,000.00.
ESTIMATE: $10000 - $20000
PRICE SOLD: $14500
CIRCA: 1805
DIMENSIONS: 24.25in x 19.5in x 6in

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Lot#: 868

DESCRIPTION: Mathurin Souge, a Paris, a 17th century French "Hague Clock", the oak and walnut case with burl walnut veneer, the top, base and door with ebonized moldings, the sides having arched windows with ebonized surrounds, and top with two iron loops for hanging, interior of the case back with figured walnut veneers bordered by plain walnut with ebonized string inlay, red velvet lined brass plate with gilt dial and fancy pierced and engraved gilt hands, the minute hand with steel tip, hinged, engraved lambrequin below 6:00, signed "Mathurin Souge, A Paris", and concealing a small aperture allowing access to start the pendulum, 30 hour two train movement powered by a single barrel, and counting the hours on a bell, crown wheel escapement and silk thread suspension with cycloidal cheeks, and decorative, pierced steel levers for strike train warning and locking, and pendulum with heavy, spherical bob.
CONDITION: case with a few veneer repairs, ebonized surfaces with minor wear, back with split at vertical joint, edges of back with strips to compensate for shrinkage, interior of back panel veneer with splits and dried glue run at left, right side glass loose, velvet replaced, dial regilded, and lacking infill in numerals, hands and cartouche with wear to gilding, steel tip of minute hand replaced, movement with repairs to count wheel lever and spring, back cock repaired, minor oxide on steel components, ticking and striking, pendulum replaced, with later key. There are inconsistencies with period practice and methods evident in this piece, but there are other aspects which seem to support an early date of manufacture. Mathurin Souge does not appear in any of the standard horological references listing makers, but he is included in "Archives de l'art Francais", page 103, under "Horlogers", as having his work at the "Maison De La Duchess D'Orleans" (House of the Duchess D'Orleans)
ESTIMATE: $4000 - $6000
PRICE SOLD: $4500
CIRCA: 1665
DIMENSIONS: 12.875in x 10.5in x 4.5in

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Lot#: 869

DESCRIPTION: LeRoy, a Paris, a small Contre- Partie Boulle bracket clock with pull repeat, the case with polychrome, naturalistic ornament set into the brass veneer, the base with central mask, scroll feet, and foliate mounts conforming to the curves of the case, kidney shape, molded brass door with leaf and shell ornament, gadrooned brass cornice terminating in leaf and scroll mounts, and with central shell, the removable pagoda top surmounted by a seated figure of a small boy, in his left hand an hourglass with wings, and his right arm raised, the top concealing three bells, signed brass dial with Roman numeral enamel cartouches, finely finished blued steel hands, signed brass movement with tapered baluster form pillars, large barrel and five wheel train, crown wheel escapement, and sounding the last hour and quarter by pulling a cord, all resting on a matching, incurved bracket
CONDITION: veneers with losses and lifting, veneers on case sides with checking, mounts on clock case lacking gilding, top with old repairs, brass veneer on top with solder repair, base with replaced glue block, bottom with unused hole on left corresponding to hole at right for repeat cord, one cartouche with hairline, another with chips, hands with minor oxide, movement dirty but ticking and repeating correctly, pendulum replaced, bracket with polish residue, minor veneer lifting, board on which the clock sits with alteration, may be replaced
ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500
PRICE SOLD: $1700
CIRCA: 1730
DIMENSIONS: 26in x 10.5in x 5.75in

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Lot#: 870

DESCRIPTION: Cogniet, a Paris, an early 18th century brass and tortoise shell veneered, ormolu mounted pendule d' alcove, case with base on foliate ornamented feet, and having outcurved sides and scroll cut skirt, mounted with conforming gilt moldings terminating in foliate roundels, the gilt, cast door with incurved lower corners and arch top, and cast, molded cornice surmounted by a removable caddy top, with urn finials and foliate mounted corners, gilt brass dial with roman numeral cartouches above a cast ornament with masks, festoons, and central cartouche signed "Cogniet a Paris", fancy blued steel hands, signed brass movement with large barrel and crown wheel escapement, the striking activated by pulling a cord at the base, and sounding the last hour and quarter on two bells concealed beneath the top, with matching, incurved wall mounted bracket
CONDITION: most of the cast components and dial regilded, one molding missing from base of bracket, top finials loose, fasteners for mounts replaced, many surfaces beneath mounts ebonized, shell veneers with repairs and splits, a few cartouches with minor chips, one with minor hairlines, movement with reblued hammer arbors, tops of arbors filed to accept hammers, ticks and strikes
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $3000
CIRCA: 1720
DIMENSIONS: 19 1/2in x 7in x 4.25in

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Lot#: 871

DESCRIPTION: Thuret, a Paris, a 17th century pendule religieuse, the ebonized hardwood case with molded base and cornice, the door with cast, gilt trim, and top finials and cast foliate ornament, with what appears to be a family crest at center, case sides with astragal ended apertures with sliding shutters removable from the top, deep blue velvet lined wooden dial plate, gilt roman numeral dial with Arabic minutes, and gilt mount with laurel and trailing ribbon ornamented cartouche engraved "J. Thuret A Paris", 30 hour two train movement with baluster pillars, powered by a single barrel, and counting the hours on a bell, crown wheel escapement and copper strip suspension with cycloidal cheeks, and decorative, pierced steel levers for strike train warning and locking, and pendulum with turned brass bob
CONDITION: case with modifications, bottom board and feet replaced, ebonized veneers with splits and minor losses, all castings on exterior of case with gold paint, some gold paint splatter on case, dial mounting board with replaced velvet, the mount and replaced fabric concealing a rectangular aperture below the dial, hands with repairs and painted gold, the hour hand in steel and the minute hand brass, pendulum suspension incorrect, cheeks appear to be original, crutch with minor bends, runs and strikes
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $1900
CIRCA: 1670
DIMENSIONS: 17.5in x 10in x 4.5in

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Lot#: 872

DESCRIPTION: Ourry, a Paris, a large Boulle work and ormolu mounted bracket clock, the case on four turned and flower ringed feet, undulating skirt with conforming bronze mount having a central shell and foliage, arched door with incurved lower corners, and flanked by scroll brackets, foliate drops, and acanthus scrolls, arched cornice molding below a step with corner finials, and surmounted by a removable, cyma curved top, with acanthus corners, floral frieze, and four more urn finials, roman numeral enamel cartouche dial with gilt surround, the enamel center signed "Juhel a Versailles", numbered disc above 12:00 for regulation, and nicely made blued steel pierced and filed hands, above a gilt, architecturally detailed arcaded fret, the rectangular brass movement of at least two week duration with five baluster form pillars, with crown wheel escapement, silk thread suspension, cycloidal cheeks, and count wheel striking, the back plate signed "Ourry a Paris", with large iron key, three partial pendulums, and a 20th century bracket
CONDITION: case with repairs to tortoise shell and brass inlay, shell with cracks, some mounts and other brass furniture regilded, some replaced, all mounts now attached with phillips head screws, hole in case top for hammer arbor enlarged, some cartouches with minor chips and repairs, dial center of a slightly different color than the cartouches, hands mising tails, movement oily, ticks and strikes, cheeks replaced, key with repair and rust, pendulums incomplete
ESTIMATE: $2500 - $3500
PRICE SOLD: $1800
CIRCA: 1690
DIMENSIONS: 23in x 14.25in x 5in

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Lot#: 873

DESCRIPTION: Ourry, a Paris, an ebonized Pendule Religieuse with Boulle work front, the case with molded base and turned feet, case sides with tombstone arch windows, case front with tortoise shell veneers and foliate form brass and pewter inlays, door glass with cast, arched, beaded trim, top with arched, molded tympanum, flanking plinths, and three finials, dial plate lined with deep blue velvet, engraved brass Roman numeral dial with Arabic minutes, fancy cast brass hands, and with cast, gilt brass mount below 6:00, consisting of a balustrade on a molded base supporting foliate ornamented S scrolls, and surmounted by putti, with central enamel cartouche marked "Ourry A Paris", rectangular movement with five baluster form pillars and large barrels, recoil escapement, and counting the hours on a bell, back plate also signed
CONDITION: case with a thick layer of ebonizing on all interior and exterior surfaces, Boulle work with minor lifting, minor losses and repairs, turned feet replaced, central finial replaced, minor damage from powder post beetle or other wood boring insect, repairs to top molding, dial and hands with minor tarnish, hands replaced, mount with minor losses to gilding, movement with 19th century modifications to escapement, suspension, and strike work, ticks and strikes
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2400
PRICE SOLD: $1400
CIRCA: 1680
DIMENSIONS: 19.25in x 10.25in x 5in

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Lot#: 874

DESCRIPTION: Goyer, a Paris, a neoclassical gilt bronze "Aux Guirlandes" cartel clock, the cast case surmounted by an urn with ram's heads at the sides, each with a ring in its mouth suspending a laurel festoon, the festoons continuing down the case sides and terminating beneath the bezel, case sides with textile backed apertures and foliate form brass frets, bottom with Vitruvian scroll panels above a fluted incurved bracket with laurel and acanthus ornament, roman numeral, convex white enamel dial with arabic five minute markers, signed "Goyer a Paris", well made pierced and engraved hands, large, flat bottomed round movement of at least two week duration, with recoil escapement, silk thread suspension and striking on a bell, the front plate with scribed circles for train layout, front and back plates also with holes for observing depth of engagemen between wheels and pinions
CONDITION: case with losses to gilding and minor tarnish, decorative buttons attaching the top of the side festoons replaced, pendulum aperture and bezel lacking glass, bezel with bends, dial with hairlines and filled losses, hour hand with solder near boss, movement dirty, ticks and strikes, cock holding rear end of regulator replaced, time ratchet with replaced tooth, pendulum replaced
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $800
CIRCA: 1770
DIMENSIONS: 28in x 13in x 5in

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Lot#: 875

DESCRIPTION: A. Brocot & Delettrez, Paris, France, for Tiffany, Young & Ellis, New York, double dial calendar clock, 8 day, time and strike with rolling moon and calendar indicating day, date, and month perpetually, spring driven movement with visible Brocot escapement in a molded white marble case with white enamel dials, beveled glasses, and blued steel hands.
CONDITION: The white marble case has a few very tiny chips along a few edges, but no major losses. Striking is the fact that the large back door is intact. Sadly, someone engraved a Social Security Number into the top of the back door. If placed against a wall, this will not be visible. Enamel clock dial is excellent. The signature of retailer is clear and sharp.The calendar dial is also in excellent condition, showing the days and months in English and the rolling moon on a field of stars. The well made time and strike movement with open Brocot escapement on the dial, with original carnelian pallets. The movement is signed. Both movements look clean. A very nice example.
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2500
PRICE SOLD: $950
CIRCA: 1865
DIMENSIONS: 16in x 12in x 6.5in

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Lot#: 876

DESCRIPTION: France, industrial series windmill, 8 day timepiece and barometer, spring driven movement in a gilt and silvered brass case with black slate base, mid section with pierced railing, lower section with two simulated windows flanking a door, the door opening to access the windmill movement winding arbor, front with clock and barometer dials, the sides with Fahrenheit and Celsius thermometers.
CONDITION: Case and dials with tarnished silver. A small amount of brass showing through the silver on the lower left portion in the back. Gilt surfaces under slightly discolored lacquer. Celsius thermometer is absent, as is the weather vane on the peak of the roof. The brass sails are later additions and not of the proper design. Railing with small bends. Base with one small chip to the edge.
ESTIMATE: $1800 - $2200
PRICE SOLD: $1600
CIRCA: 1880
DIMENSIONS: 16.5in x 7.25in x 6.5in

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