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Decorative Wall Clock in Gilded Bronze
Ref : 74813
8 800 €
Period :
18th century
Artist :
Bailly l’Aîné
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Bronze; White enamel
Dimensions :
l. 15.35 inch X H. 21.26 inch
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Decorative Wall Clock in Gilded Bronze

Louis XV Period

The reign of Louis XV announced the end of solemn, pompous lines and the birth of masterpieces full of exuberance and fantasy.

Of a very rococo style, this elaborate wall clock of engraved, gilt bronze presents a decorative scheme of interlacing stylised acanthus leaves, flowers and a grid of quatrefoils. It is mounted by a stately eagle with spreading wings. The white enamel dial features two fine, gilt openwork hands which indicate the time.

This clock, called a cartel d’alcove or a cartel de chevet, is affixed with a pull cord which, when tugged, announces the hour; a very convenient amenity for checking the time at night. The movement is signed by Bailly the Elder.


Clockmaker: Joaquim Bailly

Joaquim Bailly was active on Paris’ rue Saint-Honoré, and later moved his workshop to rue Dauphine in 1772. He always signed his movements “Bailly l’Aîné”.

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