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An Empire Automaton ‘pendule Au Manège’, By Jean-François De Belle, Paris,
An Empire Automaton ‘pendule Au Manège’, By Jean-François De Belle, Paris, - Horology Style Empire An Empire Automaton ‘pendule Au Manège’, By Jean-François De Belle, Paris, - An Empire Automaton ‘pendule Au Manège’, By Jean-François De Belle, Paris, - Empire
Ref : 85515
48 500 €
Period :
19th century
Artist :
Jean-François De Belle, Maître Horloger en 1781
Provenance :
France, Paris date circa 1805
Medium :
Gilded Bronze
Dimensions :
l. 9.45 inch X H. 19.88 inch X P. 7.09 inch
Horology  - An Empire Automaton ‘pendule Au Manège’, By Jean-François De Belle, Paris, 19th century - An Empire Automaton ‘pendule Au Manège’, By Jean-François De Belle, Paris,
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An Empire Automaton ‘pendule Au Manège’, By Jean-François De Belle, Paris,

A very rare Empire gilt bronze automaton 'Pendule au Manège' by Jean-François De Belle, rue Saint-Honoré à Paris, signed on the dial.

Jean-François De Belle was received as Maître Horloger in Paris in 1781. He was established in rue Saint-Honoré in 1787

The white enamel dial with Roman numerals and a pair of gilt brass hands for the hours and minutes. The automaton movement activated on the hour rotating the carousel for several minutes. The dial mounted on a stepped hexagonal base chased with palmettes, griffins and infant musicians and mounted by horse heads, the base surmounted by a part-fluted column on a circular foot, chased with anthemion and putti and headed by a sphere. The central column supporting a three-branch carousel, headed by griffins and supporting three swans ridden by an infant Mercury, an infant Cupid and an infant jester.

An identical clock was made for the Austro-Hungarian prince, Count Nikolaus Esterhazy (1765-1833), who was a brilliant soldier and important patron of the arts, while another model was once in the collection of the Marquis of Tweedale.
Literature: Pierre Kjellberg, "Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française du Moyen Age au XXe Siècle", 1997, p. 447, pl. F, illustrating and almost identical clock with a patinated and gilt mounted base.

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