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IMPORTANT AND EXCEPTIONAL FRENCH 18TH CENTURY LONGCASE CLOCK Height: 219.7 cm. Width: 85 cm. Depth: 39 cm. The clock is stamped “E. J. Cuvellier” (active between 1745 and 1775). Paris, between 1727 and 1740. The veneered case is attributed to Charles Cressent (1685-1768) after a model of Just-Aurèle Meissonnier (1695-1750) with repeater movement by E. J. Cuvellier (active 1745-1775), signed “J. P. Du Commun á Paris”, “Lespine h.ger Du Roy” It is a matter of course that a structure of such artistic high quality was not created without models and other similar examples. The first, well documented model is a longcase clock with the same design already sold in 1753 from the estate of Charles de Coypel, however, with differing figurative décor, today held at the collection of the AXA hotel group (Hótel de la Vaupaliére, Paris), described “en lyre”, with a movement by Claude Martinot and a case by “Monsieur Meissonier”. A further longcase clock of this design inspired by the Meissonier model and stamped by Duhamel, was sold in 1931 at Christie’s in London. Furthermore, the clock on offer for sale here is matches an 18th century engraving (Bibliothek Ensba, 22620), as well as the few known objects after designs by Meissonnier. While the “Coypel” model was adorned by a Cupid sculpture, the model sold at Christie’s in 1931 was decorated with a figural group of Cupid and Psyche. The present model features Diana in accordance with the hunting theme, which may suggest a particular positioning within a palace setting. With regards to the Louis XIV bust on the lyre case, it should be mentioned that as early as 1749 on occasion of a sales presentation of works by Cressent the following description is listed with no. 11: “buste de bronze représentant un portrait de Louis XIV.” [a bronze bust representing a portrait of Louis XIV]. The work shows the above-mentioned signature on the brass back plate. Manufactured in the style of Neu chátel. More precise details are not yet known. The movement is fitted with repeater, quarter hour, half hour and hour strike on three bells. Provenance: Guy Martin, Jr. from the estate of de Jason “Jay” Gould (1836-1892). George Jay Gould I. (1864-1923) and Edith M. Kingdon (1864-1021). Sr. Kingdon Gould (1887-1945) and Annunziata Camilla Maria Lucci, parents of: Edith Kingdon Gould (1920-2004), wife of Guy Martin. € 250.000 - € 350.000 Sistrix INFO | BID Die vergoldete Büste von König Ludwig XIV 60 HAMPEL ONLINE Visit www.hampel-auctions.com for around 5.000 additional images.

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