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Auction archive: Lot number 396

After Claude Michel Clodion (French, 1738-1814): A late 19th/early 20th century carved marble figural mantel clock

The Connoisseur's Library Sale
15 Feb 2022 - 16 Feb 2022
Estimate
£1,200 - £1,800
ca. US$1,624 - US$2,436
Price realised:
£1,657
ca. US$2,242
Auction archive: Lot number 396

After Claude Michel Clodion (French, 1738-1814): A late 19th/early 20th century carved marble figural mantel clock

The Connoisseur's Library Sale
15 Feb 2022 - 16 Feb 2022
Estimate
£1,200 - £1,800
ca. US$1,624 - US$2,436
Price realised:
£1,657
ca. US$2,242
Beschreibung:

After Claude Michel Clodion (French, 1738-1814): A late 19th/early 20th century carved marble figural mantel clockthe case inscribed D'apres Clodion the case carved as a reclining female nude, lying on a skin rug, her arm resting above the 3.75" floral enamel Arabic dial set within a gilt foliate bezel, the brass twin train movement striking on a bell with pendulum, 32cm high, 53cm wide, 25.5cm deepFootnotesIn 1776 Claude-Michel, known as Clodion, embarked on the highly ambitious project of executing a series of interior designs for the architect Alexandre-Théodore Brogniart (d.1813) for the luxurious interiors at the Hôtel de Besenval in Paris. The Salle de Bains, ultimately completed in 1782, featured a pair of palatial limestone reliefs depicting Venus and Cupid and Leda and the Swan and Pan Pursuing Syrinx, two pairs of vases, and a large fountain of the present reclining nude, titled Vue de la Naïade allongée, dite La Source (A. Poulet, Clodion: 1738-1814, Paris, 1992, pp. 248-251). Proving to be an enduring image, La Source was creatively fitted as a clock by the 19th century's preeminent ébénistes and bronziers. Most interestingly, François Linke produced the model in at least two versions, including a bronze and white marble edition similar to the present lot (C. Payne, 'François Linke: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture', Woodbridge, 2003, p. 352).

Auction archive: Lot number 396
Auction:
Datum:
15 Feb 2022 - 16 Feb 2022
Auction house:
Bonhams London
London, Knightsbridge
Beschreibung:

After Claude Michel Clodion (French, 1738-1814): A late 19th/early 20th century carved marble figural mantel clockthe case inscribed D'apres Clodion the case carved as a reclining female nude, lying on a skin rug, her arm resting above the 3.75" floral enamel Arabic dial set within a gilt foliate bezel, the brass twin train movement striking on a bell with pendulum, 32cm high, 53cm wide, 25.5cm deepFootnotesIn 1776 Claude-Michel, known as Clodion, embarked on the highly ambitious project of executing a series of interior designs for the architect Alexandre-Théodore Brogniart (d.1813) for the luxurious interiors at the Hôtel de Besenval in Paris. The Salle de Bains, ultimately completed in 1782, featured a pair of palatial limestone reliefs depicting Venus and Cupid and Leda and the Swan and Pan Pursuing Syrinx, two pairs of vases, and a large fountain of the present reclining nude, titled Vue de la Naïade allongée, dite La Source (A. Poulet, Clodion: 1738-1814, Paris, 1992, pp. 248-251). Proving to be an enduring image, La Source was creatively fitted as a clock by the 19th century's preeminent ébénistes and bronziers. Most interestingly, François Linke produced the model in at least two versions, including a bronze and white marble edition similar to the present lot (C. Payne, 'François Linke: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture', Woodbridge, 2003, p. 352).

Auction archive: Lot number 396
Auction:
Datum:
15 Feb 2022 - 16 Feb 2022
Auction house:
Bonhams London
London, Knightsbridge
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