A Louis XVI Ormolu and Biscuit Porcelaine Mantel Clock by Manière

A Louis XVI Ormolu and Biscuit Porcelaine Mantel Clock by Manière

c. 1795 France

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£75,000 gbp
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The circular white enamel dial with black Roman and Arabic chapters, inscribed Manière with striking
movement contained within an octagonal case, surmounted by a pair of doves and decorated with turquoise
copper panels; raised on a reeded platform, decorated with pierced tasselled pelmets and raised on double
goats legs ending in hoof feet. Flanked by two Sèvres biscuit groups, each depicting Venus instructing
Cupid, one inscribed Le Leçon de L’amour, the other inscribed La Leçon à L’amour; raised on a rectangular
plinth base with rounded corners, centred by an ormolu frieze of putti at various pursuits, flanked by
turquoise copper panels fitted with foliate rinceaux and raised on ormolu toupee feet.
The Rothschild family Chateau de Ferrières .
The models for these biscuit figures were not produced at Sevres until 1794 and the use of
the double goats legs and pierced tasselled pelmets are particularly reminiscent of the
work of Francois Remond 1747–1812
An identical clock but with blue copper panels, made by Manière after he had
moved to Rue Christine, is illustrated in French Art of the 18th Century at the Huntingdon
No 52, p. 155. Another was in the Keck collection, sold Sotheby’s 5th 1991, lot 7, but by a
different maker, Causard.
Height 35.00 cm (13.78 inches)
Width 42.00 cm (16.54 inches)
Depth 14.00 cm (5.51 inches)
Ormolu and Biscuit Porcelaine Mantel Clock
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