An important French mid-18th century gilt and patinated bronze pendule à l'éléphant signed Bailly L'aîné, Paris
Lot 37
An important French mid-18th century gilt and patinated bronze pendule à l'éléphant
signed Bailly L'aîné, Paris
£45,000 - 55,000
US$ 76,000 - 93,000
Lot Details
An important French mid-18th century gilt and patinated bronze pendule à l'éléphant
signed Bailly L'aîné, Paris
the elephant raised on a naturalistic base, supporting a howdah with a turret and three hunting figures with bow and arrow, rock and trumpet, the pierced rear door and the sides with green silk panels, the white enamel Roman and Arabic dial signed BAILLY. LAINÉ/A PARIS, the signed and numbered two train drum movement with flattened lower edge and silk suspension, the numbered outside countwheel striking on a bell, 32cm wide, 63cm deep, 54cm high (12 1/2in wide, 25in deep, 21in high).

Footnotes

  • Joachim Bailly l'Aîné, Maître in 1749 is recorded at various adresses in Paris, notably rue de Bourg l'Abbé in 1746, rue Saint-Honoré in 1755, rue Dauphine in 1772 and rue St Denis by 1778.

    The first recorded elephant clock is mentioned on the 15 December 1757, Madame de Montmartel acquiring an example from the marchand-mercier Lazare Duvaux. Described as "Une pendule en bronze doré d'ormoulu, dont le mouvement à sonnerie, de Moisy, est porté sur un éléphant".
    The design of the present case is very rare as most elephant clocks have drum cases surmounted by a single oriental figure. A very similar clock, by Bailly l'aîné, is illustrated in F.J. Britten: Old clocks and watches and their makers, 1971, p.481.


    Provenance:
    The P.C. Spaans Collection of Important European Clocks, 19 December 2007, lot 472.

    Literature:
    -Tardy, La pendule française, Vols.I & II, Paris, 1981, p.346 & p.16
    -Pierre Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la pendule française, Paris, 1997, p.144, fig.A, pp.125-128.
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