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A good French 19thC ormolu and porcelain three-piece clock garniture

Estimate: $1,800 - $3,500


Lot Description

A good French 19thC ormolu and porcelain three-piece clock garniture, the hand painted face and panels with figures and landscapes on a purple and puce toned ground highlighted with gilding and enamel jewelling, the urn garnitures with conforming decoration. The bell striking movement stamped 'Japy Freres & Cie'. H.430mm. Provenance: The estate collection of Prof. G. Dawson. CONDITION REPORT: Overall excellent condition for age. The porcelain elements in good condition with no repair or restoration. Some of the enamel 'jewels' popped off (white 'pearls' and blue 'turquoises') and gilt slightly rubbed here and there, otherwise excellent. The Clock: Ormolu gilt case with complex decorative mouldings - neo-classical acanthus, echinus, ribbons, hop swags, Corinthian capitals, etc, etc, all in good condition with dust overall. Face in very good condition. Mechanism runs but may require overhaul/clean to run continuously. Delicate bell strike operates (half hour and hour. Garnitures: conforming and complementary neo-classical decoration, principally the same as clock but with masks additional to handles. The swiveling urns have painted panels front and back (figures in landscapes to front, landscapes to reverse) Copy of purchase invoice from Dalton's Auctions Tauranga 1995 for $6953.15 Incl buyer's premium.