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Grand Figural Cartel Clock after Gilles-Marie Oppenord



An important and extremely rare grand figural cartel clock, after a design by Gilles-Marie Oppenord. Of grand proportions and of exceptional quality this rare Cartel clock is after an eighteenth-century drawing from circa 1710 by Gilles-Marie Oppenord (1685-1742) Directeur des Manufactures Royales, which was subsequently engraved by Gabriel Huquier and published in 1748. The circular gilt bronze foliate cast dial is inset with porcelain outer Arabic numerals and inner porcelain Roman numerals and a pair of steel fleur-de-lys hands for the hours and minutes. The clock has an eight-day twin-train square-plate movement with anchor escapement, striking on a bell. The movement stamped ‘9520’. The inspiration for this remarkable clock is a drawing from circa 1710 for the Royal clock maker J. Thuret, by Gilles-Marie Oppenord; now in the collection of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York. Oppenord’s elaborate visual language evident in this eclectic design, encompassed the formality of Louis XIV’s courtly architecture and the playfully subversive Rococo style which he helped to invent alongside Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier. Renowned by his contemporaries for the quality of his draftsmanship; his drawings were collected by fellow designers and artists, including André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) and Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). The collector, engraver, and print publisher Gabriel Huquier (1695-1772) owned over 2,000 of his drawings and published three major series of prints, including ‘Le Grand Oppenord’ (1748-1751). His drawings and designs proved influential throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, with Huquier's engravings reproduced in Paris in the 1880's in 'Recueil des oeuvres de Gille-Marie Oppenord ... contenant deux mille motifs avec fragments de consoles, agrafes, cartels ... a` l'usage des architectes et de´corateurs, joailliers et orfe`vres, e´be´nistes ...' The exuberant clock case displays a profusion of decorative motifs, sumptuously modelled in gilt bronze. The overall iconography of the clock can be read as Love Conquering Time, the latter in the form of passing time; here depicted by the scythe and snake coiled around a globe to the cresting. The superbly cast playful bronze putto figure, cast almost in the round, is symbolic of love and is here accompanied by a Rooster or Cockerel, thus illustrating the triumph of light over darkness. The exceptional bronze ram's heads to the sides of the Cartel are superbly cast and chiseled and reminiscent of the works of André-Charles Boulle, who Oppenord closely associated. French, circa 1880 Literature; Tardy: ‘La Pendule Francaise’, 2e partie, p. 307. Oppenord, Gilles-Marie,; Huquier, Gabriel, ‘Recueil des oeuvres de Gille-Marie Oppenord ... contenant deux mille motifs avec fragments de consoles, agrafes, cartels ... a` l'usage des architectes et de´corateurs, joailliers et orfe`vres, e´be´nistes’, Re-issued E´. Rouveyre Paris 1880. Bountiful Invention: Drawings by Gilles-Marie Oppenord (1672-1742) and Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier (1695-1750), Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Exhibition 23rd October 2016.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 56.7 in. (144 cm)Width: 21.66 in. (55 cm)Depth: 10.63 in. (27 cm)
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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: B753121stDibs: LU1028022007492

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