A Napoleon III period gilt and silvered bronze three piece clock set

AUGUSTE MAXIMILIEN DELAFONTAINE (1813-1892)

A Napoleon III period gilt and silvered bronze three piece clock set

c. 1855 France

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£15,000 gbp
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By Dechaume and Delafontaine, in the Persian style, comprising a central clock with a pair of flanking two light candelabra.

Clock height 45cm, width 31cm, depth 21cm; candelabra height 28cm, width 14.5cm, depth 10.5cm

A pupil of David d'Angers and of Pradier, Adolphe-Victor Geoffroy-Dechaume (1816-1892), provided models for both goldsmiths as well as bronzes for Delafontaine. Together with Barye, he contributed to the shaping of some groups of mainly controlled by the Duke of Orleans, he also participated in the design of the dressign table executed by Froment-Meurice for the Duchess of Parma, now in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
According to the accounts of Geoffroy-Dechaume, it appears that in 1852 the sculptor drew the design of a clock "in the Persian style" for Delafontaine. An example was therefore present in the 1855 Universal Exhibition in Paris.
Literature: De Plâtre et d'Or, Geoffroy-Dechaume romantic sculptor of Viollet-le-Duc, exhibition catalogue of the Museum of Art and History Louis Senlecq L'Isle-Adam, 1998, p. 88, fig. 25-26
Stock Code
13178
Medium
Gilt and silvered bronze
Signed/Inscribed
The clock signed Gauffroy Dechaume and the bronze marked AD for Auguste Delafontaine
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