Lot 196
French Empire Dore Bronze Mantel Clock, Signed Chatenay a Versailles
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Circa 1800, figuring Eros forging love’s arrows at his anvil, with round white enamel dial signed “Chatenay a Versailles,” with Roman chapters and Breguet hands, set within a tree stump that holds forging file, tongs, and hammers, the eight-day silk suspension movement numbered S8 11, lozenge sarcophagus form plinth with relief scene of two putti at a beehive, flanked by torche and quiver mounts. Includes pendulum, key, custom later acrylic display cloche, and text by Elke Niehüser, French Bronze Clocks: 1700-1830.

Clock 16 1/4 x 13 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.; cloche 19 x 17 x 8 in.

From the Collection of Ed Neal, Oxford, North Carolina

A matching example is listed and photographed as 568 Ref. 37,35 in Clemens von Halem's Directory of Documented Bronze Pendulum Clocks from the Louis XV to Empire Period.
Literature: French Bronze Clocks: 1700-1830, by Elke Niehüser, Schiffer Pub Ltd; New Edition, 1999, pg. 223.

Some later gilt to arrowhead; some minor areas of rubbing to gilt; stump missing two tools nearest figure; one hairline to base above foot; dial with some possible later hand-painted touch ups to hour chapters; movement operating dial hands and chime at time of review. Please see Terms and Conditions of Sale: Clocks and Watches.

$2,000 - 3,000