Lot 462

Magnificent Louis XVI fireplace clock by Cellier, Paris
Height: 57 cm.
Width: 39 cm.
Depth: 15.5 cm.

Imaginative structure in the form of a double-columned monument with a crowning figure of Athena. The rectangular base, the high column pedestals and the two fluted columns standing on it are in grey, white-veined onyx marble. All applications in bronze and fire gilding. Column plinths each surrounded by four gilded bollards, connected by chains, the columns crowned with movable spherical globes above the capital. Between the columns the round clock case is suspended, again connected by golden chains. The crowning figure of Athena, with feather helmet, sword and shield, is considered here, like the globes and the themes of the applications, as the goddess of science and warfare. Front glass vaulted, surrounded by a pearl staff. White enamelled dial ring with Roman hours, Arabic minutes and date displays in red, the movement visible in the ring. The hands are finely cut, pierced and gilded. Additional blued slender hands for day counting as well as slightly smaller hands with arrowheads for indicating the day of the week. Fourteen-day movement, pendulum on thread suspension, lock disc striking mechanism with half and hour strike on bell. J. Cellier was known as a watchmaker, distributor and manufacturer of highly elaborate salon clocks.

Literature:
See Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris 1972, p. 116. (1241622) (1) (11)


Magnificent Louis XVI mantle clock by Cellier, Paris

Height: 57 cm.
Width: 39 cm.
Depth: 15.5 cm.

Imaginative structure in the shape of a monument with double columns and surmounted by a figure of Athena. Rectangular base, tall pedestal and two fluted columns in grey, white-veined onyx marble. All fittings in fire-gilt bronze. The round clock case is suspended between the columns by gilt chains. As the globes and topics of all the other fittings, Athena, in feather helmet, sword and shield symbolises the goddess of the sciences and warfare. 14-day movement, silk suspension pendulum, half hour and hour strike on bell. J. Cellier was a renowned clock maker, distributor and manufacturer of very elaborate salon clocks.

Literature:
Compare Tardy, Dictionnaire Des Horlogers Français, Paris 1972, p. 116.