A Napoleon III period ormolu and red marble mantel clock by Denière & fils

HENRI PICARD (worked 1840-1890)

A Napoleon III period ormolu and red marble mantel clock by Denière & fils

c. 1860 France

Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

£18,000 gbp
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The case by Henri Picard (French, 1840-1890), after a model by André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642-1732)
The architectural case surmounted by Father Time (Kronos), with enameled Roman dial, the sides cast with musical trophies and flowers, on tapered feet, set on a red marble plinth applied with scrolling acanthus mounts centered by a mask.

Established by Jean-François Denière in 1804, 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’ (shop of gilding and bronze-work), at 15 rue Vivienne, Paris. Awarded ‘fournisseurs du Roi’ (king’s supplier), Denière supplied various objects of 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’ (crown’s furniture), Denière'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.
Height 83.00 cm (32.68 inches)
Width 51.00 cm (20.08 inches)
Depth 26.00 cm (10.24 inches)
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Ormolu (gilt bronze), red marble, enamel
The dial signed 'DENIERE ET DE BRONZES / A PARIS', the reverse of the clock stamped 'H. PICARD', the movement with Denière cachet
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