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Auktionen Dr. Crott 91st Auction

Otto Vaenius, Amorum emblemata (1608) 440 439 A collection of two ornamental ormolu pendulum clocks - Claude Galle, Rue Vivienne à Paris / Thomas, Horloger, Height 450 mm, circa 1810 An important French ormolu empire ornamental pendulum clock with half hour strike, “Cupid the Honey Thief” Case: ormolu, Venus sitting on the clock with her son Cupid to her right; Cupid has been stung by a bee and and seeks his mother’s comfort. The scene is flanked by a beehive on the left and a pair of doves on the right. Rectangular polished and gilded bronze base on four claw feet. Central frosted relief: Cupid plucking a rose. The relief is flanked by two applied rosebushes. Dial: enamel, glazed, radial Roman hours, signed, blued Breguet hands, very finely engine-turned bezel. Movm.: circular brass full plate movement, 1 hammer / 1 bell, 2 barrels, keywind, count wheel, silk suspended short pendulum. Cupid the Honey Thief The scene shows Cupid, who has a sweet tooth and has been trying to steal some honey. He was stung by a bee and seeks solace and comfort from his mother Venus. However, Venus admonishes her son and reminds him how often he delivers painful stings with his arrows. The Idylls of Theocritus already mention the honey thief motif and it has been used frequently in different fields of art for many centuries. The relief on the base was created after the scene “Armat spina rosas, mella tegunt apes” (“No rose without thorns”) in the “Amorum emblemata”, by Otto Vaenius (1556-1629). Claude Galle (1758-1815) Galle was a renowned bronzier during the reign of Louis XVI and was first established at Rue du Four before moving to Rue Vivienne. During the early 19th century, he supplied works to many French and Italian palaces, including Tuileries, Fontainebleau and the Grand and Petit Trianons at Versailles. Source: “Designs for Gilt Bronze Objects from the French Restoration 1814-1830” by C. Plante and R. Garnier, London, 2002, pp. 25-26. A nearly identical clock is described and illustrated in “Die Französische Bronzeuhr” by Elke Niehüser, Munich 1997, pp. 99, 100. 一套兩只華麗座鐘 Claude Galle, Rue Vivienne 巴黎 / Thomas, Horloger — 意義深遠的法 式帝國風格大自鳴華麗座鐘”Cupid the Honey Thief” 40066  C: 2 D: 2 M: 2, 41, 51  4.500 - 6.000 EUR 5.000 - 6.700 USD 40.500 - 54.000 HKD Des Champs à Paris, Height 280 mm, circa 1810  A fine, small Directoire Pendule with quarter hour / hour strike Case: ormulu, toupie feet, plinthe with meander decor, slanted corners with fluted pilasters and flower surmountings, glazed front with bead decor, sound holes with open work brass grilles and blue silk lining to the sides, engine-turned bezel, arched top with the angels with pine cone finial. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, signed, pierced and gilt Directoire hands. Movm.: circular brass full plate movement, keywind, 2 hammers / 2 bells, locking plate, round movement pillars, 2 barrels, anchor escapement, silk suspended pendulum. Des Champs 巴黎 — 精緻小巧的行政官方大小自鳴旅行鐘 40950  C: 2 D: 2, 32, 33 M: 2, 30, 41  3.900 - 4.900 EUR 4.300 - 5.400 USD 35.100 - 44.100 HKD