Important gilt and patinated bronze mantelpiece clock set
The mantel clock decorated with brambles and blackberries surrounded by birds, the dial in the shape of a spider's web.
The natural worked base with a lizard and insects.
The seven-light candelabras feature a brood of birds being attacked by a weasel.
second half of the 19th century
clock : height 57 cm / width 37 x 21cm
candelabras : height 80 cm / width 42 x 37cm
A similar model signed by the famous animal sculptor Christophe Fratin appeared in public sales in 2013.
This clock is also to be linked to the model produced by the Parisian bronze-caster Charles Stanislas Matifat, and shown on his stand at the Universal Exhibition in London at the Crystal Palace held in 1851.
Charles Stanislas Matifat (1820-1897) was an important art founder in Paris in the middle of the 19th century. Trained by the goldsmith Antoine Vechte, Charles Matifat took over around 1840, after the death of his father, the management of the family business founded in 1820, located at 9 rue de la Perle in Paris. In 1849, he won a silver medal at the National Exhibition of Industry and in 1851, Matifat exhibited at the Universal Exhibition in London where he successfully presented clocks, candlesticks and other bronze art works. The editor of the catalog for the Dublin exhibition in 1853 praised his taste, which placed him among the best of Parisian bronze-casters. In addition to producing vases, chandeliers, fountains and other small objects, Charles Matifat also worked on monumental projects such as the statue of General Daumesnil in Vincennes and the lampposts for the grand staircase of the Opera house newly built by Charles Garnier in Paris. Matifat also manufactured two groups for the fountain of the Observatory in Paris, as well as an animal group composed of horses, dolphins and turtles designed by Emmanuel Frémiet. One of his most remarkable monumental works was "L'Enfant des Abruzzes", made after a plaster model sent from Rome by André-Joseph Allar.
30 000 €