A Régence gilt bronze mounted regulateur by J. B. Baillot<BR />first quarter 18th century
Lot 1143
A remarkable Régence ormolu mounted inlaid kingwood régulateur de parquet Second quarter 18th century, after a design by Juste-Aurèle Meissonier, the later associated movement by Jean-Baptiste Baillon, Paris with dial by the enameller Georges Merlet
Sold for US$ 42,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
A remarkable Régence ormolu mounted inlaid kingwood régulateur de parquet
Second quarter 18th century, after a design by Juste-Aurèle Meissonier, the later associated movement by Jean-Baptiste Baillon, Paris with dial by the enameller Georges Merlet

In the form of a lyre on plinth mounted with a grotesque mask and raised on gilt scroll feet, the trunk rising from ormolu foliate scrolls flanking gilt rod "strings," the hood surmounted by ormolu putti and trailing foliage, (some mounts probably associated), the hinged gilt bezel enclosing a restored white enamel dial signed on the reverse, "G. Merlet," Arabic minute numerals enclosing Roman chapters with gilt fleur de lis half hour marks, pierced and engraved hands (minute hand repaired), the associated movement signed "J. B. Baillon A Paris," with arched plates secured by four pillars, dead beat escapement with center seconds (hand lacking), spring pendulum suspension secured to the back plate (lacking pendulum), endless cord to going and striking trains wound by arbor though dial, striking on a bell mounted above the back plate by means of a crossed out numbered countwheel and vertical arbor (hammer lacking).
height 90in (228cm)

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    Fuhring, Peter. Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier: Un Génie du Rococo, 1695-1750, Turin (1999).

    A clock case of identical form has been identified by Fuhring as one designed by Meissonier and sold by the artist Charles-Antoine Coypel in a 1753 auction to the eminent French horologist Julien LeRoy. That clock, which has been widely published, has a unique complicated astronomical movement by Claude Martinot dated 1727.

    Fuhring also illustrates what is almost certainly the present clock as it appeared when sold at Christie's London, 9 July 1931. Lot 92. Although some mounts seen in the 1931 image are now missing from the present clock, the remaining are identical. At that time, the clock had a more appropriate Regènce style chased gilt dial with enamel cartouche chapters. For some reason, that movement was removed and the upper portion of the trunk altered to accommodate the late 18th century Baillon movement.

    The clock with its current surviving mounts and a white dial appears as the property of French & Co., illustrated in J. Aronson, Encyclopedia of Furniture, 3rd Edition, 1965, p. 220. The clock was subsequently sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 9 October 1971, lot 147.
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