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Large cartel with its console in Boulle marquetry, Louis XV

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Large cartel and its support in Boulle marquetry of brown tortoiseshell and brass with gilt bronze
decorations. It is characteristic of the Louis XV period.

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Important cartel in Boulle marquetry with its console. The marquetry is made with brown tortoise shell as a background and brass decoration. This clock presents a rich decoration of volutes, scrolls, perforated shells and gilded bronzes. In front, a nymph holds the sun and the legend "Un seul suffit” (One is enough). The piece is surmounted by a gilded bronze figure of Abundance holding a torch in her right hand and a sheaf of flowers in her other. The two goddesses are dressed in antique style with an exposed breast. The sides of the cartel are opened, allowing the mechanism of the cartel clock to be seen through a glass. The clock rests on four cambered feet ending in volutes.


The cartel face is made from twenty-four white enamelled cards with the hours in Roman numerals and the minutes in Arabic numerals. The center is signed "Dey Paris" as well as the movement at the back.


The console is decorated with patterns of foliage and the bottom is finished with rocaille, palms and grenades. The medallions of the corners are finely chiseled gilded bronzes of women's faces with feathered headdresses.


This rococo work is characteristic of the Louis XV period.


Dimensions of the cartel without the console:

Height : 90

Width : 40 cm

Depth : 17 cm

Circa :1740
Dim: W: 17,7 in - D: 9,1in - H: 49in.
Dim: L:45cm, P:23cm, H:124,5cm.

Condition Report
Brass missing at the top of the console

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