A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND BLUE ENAMEL MANTEL CLOCK
Formed by a covered vase on a circular base upon a white marble plinth.
The body in dark blue enamel bearing the white enamel dial in a gilt bronze beaded frame; the dial marked in red "Léchopié à Paris" and topped by an ormolu knot. Finely sculpted masks formed by masculine heads laterally flank the dial. The heads are crowned by "horns" formed by imaginary animals with the body of a fish, the skin of a lizard and a bird's beak. Beautifully draped foliage and berry garlands surround the lower part of the men's heads and the dial.
The movement is also signed "Léchopié".
The mantel clock is attributed to OSMOND.
Robert OSMOND, received master founder in 1746, juré (representative of the guild) in 1756. The famous financier Beaujon, the Duc de Choiseul-Praslin owned clocks by Osmond. He also delivered major clock makers such as Julien Le Roy, Jacques Lepaute, Robert Robin
Adam LECHOPIE, received master in 1758, was established Rue-Neuve-des-Petits-Champs. Sollier, Beaujon and the marquis de Brunoy were among his customers.
A similar mantel clock is at the Residenz in Munich (cf H. Brunner, Die Kunstschätze der Münchner Residenz, Munich 1977 , p. 320, ill. 381), and another one, with a marble body, was part of the Francis GUERAULT sale in 1935.
Height: 19 ¼ inches - 49 cm
Width: 11 ½ inches - 30 cm
Depth: 7 ¾ inches - 19,5 cm