L’Etude et La Philosophie Louis XVI Ormolu Mantel Clock For Sale
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L’Etude et La Philosophie Louis XVI Ormolu Mantel Clock


Louis XVI ormolu mantel clock entitled "L’Etude et La Philosophie", This clock was an enormously successful and popular model in the late 18th Century. It derives from a drawing in a catalogue produced by François Rémond, circa 1785, which incorporates figures designed and supplied to the Sèvres factory for reproduction in biscuit porcelain by the sculptor Simon-Louis Boizot. The clock is comprised of a circular white-enamelled dial with Roman hours and Arabic quarter marks, a further inner Arabic chapter ring for the day of month. Pierced gilt hands and a blue steel date hand. The three-week movement strikes the hours and half hours. The circular drum case rests on a plinth, the front of which is set with an ormolu panel chased with cherubs playing with doves, it is surmounted by an eagle and flanked by patinated bronze figures personifying Philosophy and Study (’La Science’ and ’L’Etude’), the shaped rectangular base with rounded ends, mounted with a central pierced ormolu panel chased with scrolling foliage, flowers and cherubs and centred by a bearded mask. With two roundels containing female classical masks. The clock rests on six circular gadrooned feet decorated with acanthus leaves. Three virtually identical clocks are in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. A fourth is at Versailles (H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 295, figs. 4.17.5 and 4.17.6.); other clocks of this model are in the Swedish Royal Collection and in the Spanish Royal Collection.


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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa Late 18th Century
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 21 in. x W 28 in. x D 6 in.H 53.34 cm x W 71.12 cm x D 15.24 cm
  • Seller Location
    Vancouver, CA
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