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Reference: ZE348

Louis XVI clock fitting and candelabra. Gilded bronze, marble. POCHON, Jean-Charles (act. last third of the 18th century). Paris, France, circa 1780 or 1790 and 19th century. Bibliography: (clock) NIEHÜSER, Elke. “Die französische Bronzeuhr. “Eine Typologie der figürlichen Darstellungen.” Callwey, 1997. Page 131. Garnish composed of a table clock with Paris machinery and two candelabras with three lights each, made of white marble and gilded bronze. The clock has a rectangular base with the central area projecting to the front and raised on four legs, further enhanced with plant elements (garlands, leaves, scrolls, etc.) and architectural elements with a marked classicist taste and a frieze of reliefs with children in diverse attitudes located in an idyllic landscape with architecture in the background. The dial is white, with Arabic numerals for the hours and dots and Arabic numerals every fifteen for the minutes, with the flordelised hour hand and the minute hand highly decorated. It is finished with a composition of flowers, fruits, leaves, garlands and a bow highlighting some arrows and a lit torch; On the sides are Cupid with his bow and a female figure who, most likely, is the goddess Venus. The two candelabras, with three lights each, have a circular marble base raised on legs and enhanced with a string of pearls in gilded bronze, a material from which the leaves and stems are also made that, intertwining, create each of the three arms. , which end in lighters with saucers decorated with relief leaves and strings of pearls. “Pochon” and “Paris” are written on the dial, alluding to the place of manufacture of the movement (Paris machinery). Jean-Charles Pochon achieved the degree of master watchmaker around 1775, and is considered one of the leading watchmakers of the last third of the 18th century in his field in the French capital. Some of his works are preserved in some very important private collections such as the so-called “Liechtenstein. The princely collections, Vaduz-Vienna”, and institutions such as the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris (France). It is possible that the machinery or movement is from the 19th century. In the case of the watch (the case itself), examples similar to the present one are known in private collections, since the bronzes come from a Parisian workshop. It is known as “L'Amour drobe par ses armes” or “Amor Wird Seiner Waffen Beraubt” (Cupid is stripped of his weapons) due to the iconographic theme it shows. As for the candelabras, they are reminiscent of Louis themselves). Total weight: 20.35 kg.

· Size: Reloj: 30x12x45 cms. Cand. 17x17x28 cms.

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