Ormolu mounted Clock

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An extremely rare and important ormolu-mounted porcelain clock. The clock manufactured and signed by Julien le Roy, clockmaker to Louis XV.

The clock with a seven-day movement striking on both the hour and half hour, is cased in Chinese celadon porcelain.

The central porcelain figure group in Meissen hard-paste porcelain is modelled by J.J. Kaendler c. 1750, and represents Thalia the Muse of Comedy.   Thalia holding a mask in her left hand and a writing implement in her right.   Two other comedy masks lie on the ground by her feet.   Cupid smiles down at her from the branches of a tree, with a monkey seated at her side taking snuff.

The porcelain group surrounded by finely modelled soft-paste porcelain flowers from the Vincennes factory, attached to green-laquered metal stems and leaves.

The whole work supported by an intricate ormolu creation inspired by the formal Royal Gardens of Vincennes and Fontainebleau and cast in the Paris workshop of a marchand-mercier who assembled this masterpiece.

Circa 1750

Crossed swords marks to base.

“Thalia” incised on the base of the porcelain tree.

“Julien le Roy, Paris” incised and signed on the internal working of the clock.

Height:  19 in  (48.5cm)

Width:   14½ in  (37.5 cm)

Depth:   11½ in  (29 cm)

 

Item No. 493

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