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By Dagoty and Honore (French, active early 19th Century)
This delicately decorated porcelain clock is crafted in the intricate Gothic revival style and features truly exquisite trompe l'oeil style painted details.
The clock case is formed as a Gothic style cathedral, made of porcelain and set onto a rectangular, stepped, gilt base; with the top surface of the base painted to imitate red, veined marble. The porcelain cathedral features two architectural tiers and a surmounting clock tower, and is coloured predominantly with a cream, stone coloured ground and decorated with gilt highlights all over. The lower tier features a central arched doorway which contains a trompe l'oeil painted scene of figures in the arched interior of the cathedral, flanked on each side by a painted trompe l'oeil stained glass window depicting a saint within a fluted pilaster, and Gothic style arched architectural decorations all around.
The upper tier features trompe l'oeil stained glass windows decorated in yellow and purple on a sky-blue ground. The circular clock dial is set above the painted windows to the front of the piece, and features a gilt metal border and twelve circular enameled panels each with a Roman numeral. The centre of the clock dial features an intricate interlaced design, and the dial is surmounted by a pointed pediment with a gilt crest and bow, and is flanked on each side by two gilt turrets. Surmounting the pediment is the clock tower, which features a central hanging bell beneath a pointed and parcel-gilt canopy and narrow, flanking pointed turrets.
The clock is the work of Paris based porcelain factory Dagoty et Honoré, which was established in 1810 between Pierre-Louis Dagoty (French, 1771-1840) and Edouard Honore (French, active early 19th Century). The clock is signed to the underside with an iron-red stencilled mark reading 'Ancienne Maison Dagoty / Ed. Honoré / A Paris / No. 4 Boulevard Poissoniere'.
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