A large enamelled ormolu figural mantel clock by H. Picard and Denière & Fils
A large enamelled ormolu figural mantel clock by H. Picard and Denière & Fils

HENRI PICARD (worked 1840-1890)

A large enamelled ormolu figural mantel clock by H. Picard and Denière & Fils

c. 1860 France

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The case by Henri Picard (French, fl. 1831-1864), the movement by Denière & Fils
Depicting a full length female figure draped in robes, reclining on a chaise longue with the circular dial set into the raised section on the left side, the chaise longue on four legs and raised on a profiled platform with similar decoration, stamped twice to the underside of the draped robe.

Henri Picard was recorded to be working in Paris at 6 rue Jarente in 1831 and moved to 10 rue de la Perle in 1839. He was celebrated for casting and gilding decorative objects to a very high quality. He worked for the firm Defreville and collaborated with contemporary designers such as Charles Perrault and Grault, supplying Emperor Napoleon III with decorative objects, several of which are still in the State Apartment of the Louvre museum, Paris.
Established by Jean-François Denière in 1804, by the time his son Guillaume took over in 1844, Denière & fils were producing a variety of high quality decorative bronzes from workshops at 9, rue d'Orléans au Marais and had a magasin de bronze et dorures, at 15 rue Vivienne, Paris. Awarded fornisseurs de Roi, Denière supplied various objets d'art to Napoleon III at the Tuileries including two pairs of 'Three Graces' candelabra for the Palais-Royal service in 1854 and '55 (see M.F. Dupuy-Baylet, Les bronzes du mobilier national 1800-1870 - L'heure, le feu, la lumière, Paris, 2010, no. 166, pp. 304-5). In addition to supplying important commissions to the Mobilier de la Couronne, Deniére's customers included Count Pavel Dmitrievich Kiseleff, the Russian Ambassador, Said Pasha, the viceroy of Egypt and, as testified by the present garniture, King Leopold II of Belgium. Following Guillaume Denière's death the firm closed and six sales of stock were held between February and December 1903.
Dimensions
Height 44.00 cm (17.32 inches)
Width 56.00 cm (22.05 inches)
Depth 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
Stock Code
14089
Medium
Ormolu (gilt bronze), enamel
Signed/Inscribed
The dial signed 'Denière / Ft de Bronzes / Paris' and the underside of the platform 'H. PICARD'
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