A Late 18th Century Paris Biscuit Porcelain Clock By Piolaine

A Late 18th Century Paris Biscuit Porcelain Clock By Piolaine

c. 1790 France

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£40,000 gbp
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The white enamelled clock face with Roman numerals, surrounded by an engraved ormolu band inset into a
biscuit porcelain case, on two gilt bronze turned legs. On the right side stands Venus looking over her
sleeping son Cupid. The biscuit base with a gilt bronze plaque in the centre of Cherubs making music and
with gilt bronze kissing doves on stands on either side. Resting on six turned gilt bronze feet. Signed on the
dial Piolaine A Paris.
The iconography of the composition has also strong ties to the Annunciation with the
Archangel Gabriel having a message for the Virgin Mary.
An identical clock with a different base is at the Chateau De Versailles on the second floor
of Marie Antoinette's private apartments . It was donated by Duchesse de Massa in 1965
as virtually all of the original contents were auctioned off at the Revolution and dispersed

Piolaine was a popular maker and became a Master in 1787. He was among the most
important of the last quarter of 18th century and of the first half of the 19th century. He
became a maître in August 11, 1787, and set up his studio on Rue Ecrivains and was
thought to have moved to rue des Gravilliers in 1810, (see Tardy, Dictionary Parisian
watchmakers, Paris, 1971, p.523). He disappeared around 1815 and his widow seems to
continue the workshop activity between 1817 and 1820.
Height 44.00 cm (17.32 inches)
Width 46.00 cm (18.11 inches)
Depth 20.00 cm (7.87 inches)
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