Thursday, August 2, 2007

EMPIRE CLOCK ""LE GENIE INSPIRE PAR MINERVE"", Empire, the model by C.F. RABIAT (Claude François Rabiat, 1756 Paris 1815)


#1249 "EMPIRE CLOCK ""LE GENIE INSPIRE PAR MINERVE"", Empire, the model by C.F. RABIAT (Claude François Rabiat, 1756 Paris 1815) after models by J.A. BOUILLET (Jacques Antoine Bouillet, died after 1815), the dial inscribed A PARIS, Paris circa 1810.""Matte and polished gilt bronze also burnished bronze. with moulded ""Griotte Rouge"" plinth. Enamel dial, gilt brass movement striking the 1/2 hour on bell, fine bronze mounts and applications. 56x22x75 cm.
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Provenance: from a Royal Family (Paris collection). Highly important clock, illustrated in: J.D. Augarde / J.N. Ronfort / G. Maugé: Thomire, Galle, Jacob et les autres - Bronze et ameublement sous le Directoire et l'Empire; pub end 2002. Two further identical models are known: one in an important French collection the exhibited in the Foreign Ministry building in Paris. "
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Estimate: 40.000 to 70.000 SFR