A Louis XVI Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock By Etienne Lenoir

A Louis XVI Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock By Etienne Lenoir

c. 1770 France

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£35,000 gbp
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The circular white enamel dial with black Roman and Arabic chapters, inscribed “Etienne Lenoir”
and at the bottom of the dial by the enameller Coteau; with striking movement contained within a
rectangular ormolu and glass case; the dial surmounted by a garland of flowers and fruit held by a
ribbon; the gilt bronze case being crowned by foliage, a trophy quiver, arrows, wreaths of roses and
olive branches. The case resting on a base of white marble decorated with a frieze of myrtle leaves and
raised on ormolu toupie feet.
The back plate is signed by Etienne Lenoir and numbered no. 557.
Etienne Lenoir and his son Pierre-Etienne worked together from 1743, when the
latter became a master, and established themselves shortly afterwards in the Quai des
Orfèvres in the parish of St. Barthelemy. Tardy comments that it is impossible to
differentiate between clocks made by them as they both signed their work in several
different ways; ‘Etienne le Noir’, ‘Estienne le Noir’ and ‘Etienne Lenoir’. They are
known to have supplied clocks to the marchand-mercier, Lazare Duvaux, and
Madame de Pompadour purchased several clocks containing movements made by
them, including one which cost 1,080 livres, which she gave to the Princess of Naples.
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