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Large 18th Century French Bronze Louis XVI Lion Mask Wall Clock Signed Le Nepveu

$19,500

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Large 18th Century French Bronze Louis XVI Lion Mask Wall Clock Signed Le Nepveu An 18th century gilt bronze Cartel clock with a white enamel dial signed Le Nepveu a Paris, with finely pierced and engraved gilt hands, the Roman and Arabic numerals contained within a cartouche-shaped case with a 'Vitruvian wave' frieze surmounted by an classical urn, the sides with tapering pilasters with rams’ masks, the base cast with a lion mask, draped with a lion’s pelt, with guttae and acanthus leaves. Nicolas-Antoine Le Nepveu (1736-1796) supplied clocks as 'Ouvrier libre' since 1767 and became accomplished master clockmaker 'par privilège de l'hopital de la trinité' in 1773. He worked in the Rue de Sale au Compte and in the Rue Magloire. The clock movement has an eight-day, spring-driven going train and a count-wheel striking train, striking the hours and half hour on a single bell mounted above. The movement has an anchor escapement with a silk pendelum suspension. The design of this Wall clock is attributed to the Parisian architect, designer, decorator and print maker Jean-Charles Delafosse (1734-1791). His designs were widely circulated across France, England, and Germany and had a profound impact in the development of the Goût Grècque (Greek style), an early form of Neoclassicism that emerged circa 1760s. See: Ottomeyer/Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, 2 volumes, Volume I, München 1986, No. 3.8.6.

Details

  • Creator
    Nicolas-Antoine Le Nepveu (Clockmaker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.68 in. (83 cm)Width: 16.93 in. (43 cm)Depth: 5.52 in. (14 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XVI (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1780-1789
  • Date of Manufacture
    1780-1790
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Berlin, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1027412914582

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Berlin, Germany
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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