An Empire gilt-bronze 'Retour d'Egypte' clockEarly 19th Century

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Lot 20
An Empire gilt-bronze 'Retour d'Egypte' clock
Early 19th Century

Sold for £ 6,000 (US$ 7,274) inc. premium
An Empire gilt-bronze 'Retour d'Egypte' clock
Early 19th Century
The classically-draped figure standing by a star-studded orb with zodiac banding, resting on four recumbent sphinxes, the rectangular tapering clock case centred by a circular white enamel dial, the sides decorated with Egyptian figures, on a rectangular plinth fronted by a plaque depicting Gods in a mythological scene, above an acanthus cast frieze, on square feet,18in wide, 7in deep, 25½in high (46.5 x 19 x 65.5cm).

Footnotes

  • The 'Retour d’Egypte' refers to the period following Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt in 1798 which generated a fashion in Paris for all things executed in the Egyptian taste. Furniture and decorative objects were created in this taste which continued well into the Empire period.

    For comparable clocks, please see P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de la pendule Française, Paris, 1997.
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