Gold, diamond, ruby, and turquoise boudoir clock by Magnen

£18,000

The unusual design of this elegant boudoir clock was inspired by eighteenth century French silverware, in a style often commissioned by the aristocracy.

 

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Description

This exquisite boudoir clock is crafted in gold and takes the form of a putto pushing a wheelbarrow. The putto wears a yoke around his shoulders, which is set with diamonds, and the wheelbarrow that he pushes is laden with a golden barrel inlaid with precious stones. The clock face is set to one end of the barrel and features a gold dial with foliate scrolls and Roman numerals. The clock is fitted with a gilt watch movement which is signed 'Magnen, Paris'. A whippet dog runs alongside the wheelbarrow, sporting ruby-set eyes and a diamond collar. The entire scene is mounted onto a green hardstone base.

The design of this unusual timepiece is based on the well-known silver mustard pots by Antoine-Sebastien Durand, Paris, 1750, made for Mme. de Pomadour, now in the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.

Provenance-+

Sold at Sotheby's Geneva in 1968.

Details

Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
c. 1900
Period
Early 20th Century
Style
Louis XV
Material
Diamond, Gold, Ruby, Turquoise
Colour
Blue, Gold

Dimensions

Height
8 cm / 3.1 inches
Width
12 cm / 4.7 inches
Depth
6 cm / 2.4 inches

Reference:
13143

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