A Directoire spaniel mantel clock
A Directoire gilt bronze “spaniel” mantel clock, the dial with indications of the days of the month signed Drouot à Paris and the enamel signed by the enameller G. Merlet – circa 1795
Height: 44.5 cm. (17 ½ in.) Width: 45.5 cm. (18 in.) Depth: 10 cm. (4 in.)
Several examples entirely in gilt bronze are known:
- Pavlovsk Palace, Russia, the dial signed J. Laguesse
- Formerly in the Alexander Collection, sold Christie’s, New York, 30 April 1999, lot 166, the dial signed à Paris
- With Partridge, London, illustrated in the 1992 Catalogue, no. 29, the dial signed Le Paute à Paris
An example in gilt bronze and white marble is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française, Paris: Editions de l’Amateur, 1997, pp. 278 and 279B, the dial signed Cronier à Paris.