A fine Louis XVI black marble, patinated and gilt bronze mantel clock depicting the infant Hercules and the Nemean Lion the case attributed to Marie-Joseph Cottin, the dial signed Ledoux A Parisfourth quarter 18th century
Lot 1186
A fine Louis XVI black marble, patinated and gilt bronze mantel clock depicting the infant Hercules and the Nemean Lion
the case attributed to Marie-Joseph Cottin, the dial signed Ledoux A Paris
fourth quarter 18th century
US$ 12,000 - 18,000
£7,100 - 11,000
amended
Lot Details
Property of various owners
A fine Louis XVI black marble, patinated and gilt bronze mantel clock depicting the infant Hercules and the Nemean Lion
the case attributed to Marie-Joseph Cottin, the dial signed Ledoux A Paris
fourth quarter 18th century

Seated, wearing a lion's skin, on the circular case within oak leaf wreath supported by standing lion on fluted plinth above marble base with leafy scroll frieze, circular white enamel dial with roman chapters, pierced gilt scroll hands, movement with thread suspended pendulum to anchor escapement, striking the hour and half hour by means of a crossed out count wheel.
height 16in (40cm)

Footnotes

  • Marie-Joseph Cottin, fondeur, maître 1772, is recorded in the tax rolls of 1786 (Capitation 14th classe).

    Pierre-François Ledoux (1708-1792), maître by decree 1758.

    An example of this model, attributed to Cottin, but with the lion gilt, on a white marble base and a movement by Jean-Joseph Lieutaud is illustrated in Jean-Dominique Augarde, Les Ouvriers de Temps, fig. 268 pp 364.

Saleroom notices

  • Base of the clock is ebonized wood, not marble.
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