PENDULE D'EPOQUE EMPIRE A 'L'HORTENSIA' EN BRONZE DORE ET BRONZE PATINE A fine early 19th century ormolu and patinated bronze mantel clock depicting a flower 'a l'hortensia'

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PENDULE D'EPOQUE EMPIRE A 'L'HORTENSIA' EN BRONZE DORE ET BRONZE PATINE
A fine early 19th century ormolu and patinated bronze mantel clock depicting a flower 'a l'hortensia'

Sold for € 7,650 (US$ 8,681) inc. premium

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4 Nov 2021, 14:00 CET

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PENDULE D'EPOQUE EMPIRE A 'L'HORTENSIA' EN BRONZE DORE ET BRONZE PATINE
A fine early 19th century ormolu and patinated bronze mantel clock depicting a flower 'a l'hortensia'
The stylised case surmounted by a hortensia flower in full leave and bloom planted in a jardiniere with decorated side panels depicting gardening tools on toupie feet on a rectangular ormolu base with a depicting a winged putto and a fox pushing a wheelbarrow, the 8.5cm circular white enamel Roman and Arabic dial with Breguet style hands set within a bright bezel, the twin barrel movement with silk suspension and pendulum adjustment screw with outside countwheel striking the hours and half hours on a bell. Running and striking. Together with a silk suspension pendulum. 34cms high

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  • comparable Literature: in Duesberg Mons Collection, p.71.


    This rare clock could have been made especially for Hortense de Beauharnais (1783-1837), who used hydrangeas as her emblem. Daughter of Joséphine de Beauharnais and Alexandre François Marie, Viscount of Beauharnais, she became Napoleon's stepdaughter in 1796. She married Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother in 1802 and when he was crowned king of Holland in 1806, she accompanied him to the Hague. By 1810 the marriage was over. She had three legitimate sons, one would become Napoleon III, as well as an illegitimate one. After the fall of Napoleon, she retired to Switzerland where she died.

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PENDULE D'EPOQUE EMPIRE A 'L'HORTENSIA' EN BRONZE DORE ET BRONZE PATINE A fine early 19th century ormolu and patinated bronze mantel clock depicting a flower 'a l'hortensia'
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