La Pendulerie

Rare Allegorical Neoclassical Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock, Louis XV period

Jean-Pierre Pérache or Perrache

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Jean-Pierre Perache
Case by François-René Morlay
Rare Allegorical Neoclassical Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock
Paris, late Louis XV period, circa 1765-1770
Height 37 cm; width 39.5 cm; depth 20 cm

Provenance: The round enamel dial, signed “Perache à Paris”, indicates the hours in Roman numerals and the minutes in Arabic numerals, by means of two pierced gilt copper hands. The magnificent chased and gilt bronze case depicts an allegorical figure. The bezel is decorated with a ribbon-tied torus of oak leaves and acorns; on the left, a female figure is seated. Dressed in a long toga that reveals her figure, she holds a parchment in one hand and with the other hand she unties a ribbon that is attached to a ring above the dial. On the right an oak branch echoes the curve of the dial, while the terrace features fractured architectural forms, among them a broken column and a collapsing cornice. They contrast with the serene female figure, which appears to depict an Allegory of Strength. The moulded quadrangular base rests on a blue turquin marble plinth with curved concave corners, highlighted by a row of gilt bronze beads. The back bears the signature of Parisian bronzier François-René Morlay, who also created a superb carillon clock that was formerly in the collection of the Marquis de Hertford and is today displayed in the Wallace Collection in London (see P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection, Catalogue of Furniture, London, 1996, p. 418-425).

Jean-Pierre Perache became a master horologist in 1733

François-René Morlay became a master founder in 1756

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