A Fine Elephant Mantel Clock
A Fine Elephant Mantel Clock
A Fine Elephant Mantel Clock

HENRY DASSON (born 1825)

A Fine Elephant Mantel Clock

1888 France

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A Fine And Unusual Gilt and Patinated Bronze Elephant Mantel Clock by Henry Dasson.

Clocks by Dasson whilst not rare, usually are in the Louis XVI style and not sculptural. Here Dasson combines an exquisitely modelled bronze of an elephant with gilt bronze of the highest quality in the Louis XV style, making it a very unusual combination.

The inspiration for this model,with an elephant supporting a clock on its back, is taken from eighteenth century examples, which were in themselves influenced by Kakiemon porcelain models of elephants, an example of which is at Burghley House, Lincolnshire (see exh. cat. 'Porcelain from Palaces', London, 1990, p. 178, no. 160). Oriental porcelain examples which were subsequently copied at the St. Cloud manufactory.

Although elephants had been celebrated in the West since antiquity, the fashion for such exotic animals in France was particularly encouraged by the gift in 1686 of a whole menagerie to Louis XIV from the ambassador of the King of Siam, including an elephant, a tiger and a lion.

Clocks with almost identical cases and bases are illustrated in H.Ottomeyer P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 123, fig. 2.8.3; E. Niehüser, French Bronze Clocks, 1700-1830, Atglen, 1999, p. 239, cat. 885.
H.Ottomeyer P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 123.

E. Niehüser, French Bronze Clocks, 1700-1830, Atglen, 1999, p. 239, cat. 885.

Camille Mestdagh, Pierre Lécoules (2010) :'L'Ameublement d'art français : 1850-1900', Editions de l'Amateur.

Ledoux-Lebard, Denise (1984), Les Ebenistes du XIXeme siècle; pp. 146 - 151.

Meyer, Jonathan (2006), Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge; p. 269, pls. H7, H8, H10: p. 270, pl, H12
Dimensions
Height 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
Width 32.00 cm (12.60 inches)
Depth 20.00 cm (7.87 inches)
Stock Code
B70940
Medium
Gilt and Patinated Bronze
Signed/Inscribed
Signed on the dial 'Dasson a Paris', further signed to the bronze 'Henry Dasson et Cie, 1888'.
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