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Exceptional Bronze Dore et Patine and Rouge Griotte Marble Clock Set

third quarter 19th century, French, the clock after a well-documented 18th-century example by Ferdinand Berthoud, and with the dial signed "Fd. Berthoud/Paris", the works signed "S. Marti", depicting "L'amour voilant le temps" for "Love veiling time", the bronze dore et patine figure and veiled clock on a rouge griotte marble plinth with inset bronze on a footed gilt-bronze base, the matching pair of six-light candelabra each modeled with a patinated bronze putto holding a bunch of gilt lilies with interspersed candle sockets and standing on a rouge griotte marble base decorated with swags.
clock h. 21-1/2", w. 19-3/4", d. 10-1/2"; candelabra h. 35", w. 12-3/4", d. 7"

Estimate $12,000-18,000

**All pieces in overall fine condition. The marble bases to the candelabra have very minor "flea bite" imperfections along the edges. The porcelain dial on the clock face has some chipping around the edges of the winding holes. Minor rubbing to the gilt-bronze elements, but retaining a very pleasing overall patina. The movement appears fine and clean. Pendulum and winding key are both present. We are uncertain as to the running condition.

NOTE: There are six known examples of this elegant neoclassical clock with its combination of gilded and patinated bronze. The most prestigious is the one delivered in 1777 to the Count of Artois by the clockmaker Jean-Baptiste Lepaute for the Salon des Nobles in the count's Parisian palace. Most of the others date from the 19th century. One of them, also signed by Fd. Berthoud, has the same dial and a similar movement, and has two matching chandeliers.

Sold for $14,375
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