A Louis XVI Paris biscuit porcelain Caryatid mantel clock
A Louis XVI gilt bronze and Paris biscuit porcelain mantel clock
in the form of a Caryatid after the Antique – circa 1785-1790
The porcelain 18th Century
Height: 63.5 cm. (25 in.) Diameter of base: 20 cm. (8 in.)
The circular movement is contained with a case held aloft with both hands by a caryatid. It has an anchor escapement and silk thread suspension and strikes the hours and half hours by means of a count-wheel on the backplate. The circular enamel dial indicates the hours with Arabic numerals with pierced and engraved gilt brass hands.
Vicomtesse de Courval, Paris
An identical clock with a replaced movement was sold at Sotheby’s Monaco, 22 June 1986, lot 401. The form of this clock derives from the biscuit figures created by Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809) for the Sèvres Porcelain Factory, circa 1785, notably the pair of candelabra formerly in the collection of Léon Lévy, sold Sotheby’s Paris, 2 October 2008, lot 48 which is illustrated and discussed by C. Baulez, ‘Les bronziers Gouthière, Thomire et Rémond’, in Louis-Simon Boizot: (1743-1809): Sculpteur du roi et directeur de l’atelier de sculpture à la Manufacture de Sèvres, exh. cat. Musée Lambinet, Versailles, 2001, pp. 278-279, fig. 1. The model was then subsequently adapted circa 1798 by the bronzier, François Rémond, as a clock of the same form as this one with the case supported on the caryatid’s head (op. cit. p. 292, fig. 15).