Fine Oiseaux Chantants
A Monumental and Important Ormolu and Champleve Enamel Musical Clock Garnature with Oiseau Chantant, in the Louis XVI taste,
French 19th Century,
The 2-train clock striking on blued gong, four-pillar movement with blued spring leaves and pendulum mounting, the gilt painted dial with black roman numerals with red drop shadow and matching minute dividers, S <> F key-stem, further blued and pierced hands with fleur-de-lys opposing pointer, the twin accompaniment dials for both musical movement and singing bird, each hour, the large Bontems singing bird with predominant tones of turquoise, lime green, black and lemon yellow feathered plumage, moving natural beak, head and tailfeather, set on naturalistic ground with dried flowers, painted lake scene at dusk background and pierced metal foreground painted with woodland trees, above dial spandrels and centre, and further appliques on timepiece cabinet all in champleve enamel in tones of cobalt blue, clipper blue, white and green and feathered tones of peach and red okra, bevelled arched glazed and hinged front, the imposing ormolu exterior with urn top, scallop arch pediment, four columns with mask detail and the base containing the key-wind 8-air cylinder musical movement, the rear door in plain gilt with repeating quatrefoil piercing for clock and 2-cam oiseau chantant key-wind movement, stamped 3175, repeated on the back of the dial, base of cabinet on three-claw paw feet with double scroll and leaf corners, the twin five-branch candelabra in matching Louis XVI taste, each with swept tapering arms, double candle drum enamel bands, on tapered square centre column and similar three-claw paw feet, all with shaped apron champleve enamel panels, circa 1885, with three keys, the bird currently set to actuate on the half-hour - 37.3/4in. (96cm) height of clock, the maximum base width 22in. (56cm), the maximum base depth 13in. (33cm)
- Please note that this lot is subject to an Import Tax of 5% on the hammer price and 17.5% on the buyers premium.