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Estimate: £100,000 - £200,000
ca. US$161,493 - US$322,986
Price realised:  £133,250
ca. US$215,189
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A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY, TORTOISESHELL AND BRASS-INLAID BOULLE MARQUETRY REGULATEUR
RECONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 18TH CENTURY USING A LOUIS XIV REGULATEUR OF CIRCA 1710-20, ALTERED WITH THE ADDITION OF A THERMOMETER IN 1838, THE MOVEMENT BY PIERRE DU CORAY, PARIS
A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED EBONY, TORTOISESHELL AND BRASS-INLAID BOULLE MARQUETRY REGULATEUR RECONSTRUCTED IN THE LATE 18TH CENTURY USING A LOUIS XIV REGULATEUR OF CIRCA 1710-20, ALTERED WITH THE ADDITION OF A THERMOMETER IN 1838, THE MOVEMENT BY PIERRE DU CORAY, PARIS CASE: the pelta-shaped head surmounted by a lambrequin-shaped barometer with five enamel plaques inscribed ' Grand Vent ', ' Pluye ', ' Changeant ', ' Beau-tems ' and ' Beau-tems fixe ' with twin-putti cresting, supported on recumbent sphinxes, the lyre-shaped case supported on claw feet and centred by a thermometer mounted with an espagnolette mask to the base, on a spreading pedestal mounted with a later musical trophy plaque, with plinth base and turned toupie feet, the thermometer inscribed Thermometre centigrade Réaumur , added in 1838 when consequential alterations were made, the central and upper sections Louis XIV, the base Louis XVI DIAL: the engraved pierced gilt dial with individual Roman chapters and pierced steel hands, later subsidiary seconds ring, date aperture, enamel signature plaque below ' DU CORAY A PARIS ', the dial plate associated MOVEMENT: the six pillar movement with shaped top plates, recoil anchor escapement, weight and chain drive and numbered countwheel strike on bell, the backplate signed ' Du Coray A Paris ' 94¾ in. (241 cm.) high; 20½ in. (52 cm.) wide; 11 in. (28 cm.) deep

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: CHEFS-D'OEUVRE ANCIENNE COLLECTION DE MONSIEUR ET MADAME RIAHI
Date of the auction: 6 Dec 2012
Address: Christie's
6 December 2012, London, King Street