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A highly important documentary and dated Meissen mantel clock case, Dated 1727, the gilt-bronze mount probably German, mid-18th century, the movement signed Barrey à Paris, Circa 1700

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Estimate:

200,000

to
- 400,000 USD

A highly important documentary and dated Meissen mantel clock case, Dated 1727, the gilt-bronze mount probably German, mid-18th century, the movement signed Barrey à Paris, Circa 1700

A highly important documentary and dated Meissen mantel clock case, Dated 1727, the gilt-bronze mount probably German, mid-18th century, the movement signed Barrey à Paris, Circa 1700

Estimate:

200,000

to
- 400,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,593,000

USD

A highly important documentary and dated Meissen mantel clock case, Dated 1727, the gilt-bronze mount probably German, mid-18th century, the movement signed Barrey à Paris, Circa 1700


the clock case modelled by George Fritzsche, the figure group attributed to Johann Gottlieb Kirchner, the slightly waisted case supported on an integral scroll-footed base, below a mythological group atop a simulated tiled roof, the corners moulded with pilasters painted with iron-red, purple and green foliate scrollwork and teminating at each end with a gilt-heightened volute, the lower portion of the body pierced with turquoise-edged foliate scrolls flanking the figure of a kneeling supplicant on the front and a figure wearing a black hat seated on a cushion on each side, all within Böttger lustre and gilt scrollwork-bordered archways, beneath a gilt and enamel dial mounted in gilt-bronze on the front, and on each side beneath a Böttger lustre, iron-red, purple, green and gilt scrollwork-edged quatrefoil cartouche painted, in the manner of J. G. Höroldt, with Chinoiserie figures at various pursuits; the gilt tiled dome of the roof supported above a Böttger lustre arched lintel finely decorated in gilding with Chinoiserie figures amidst foliate scrolls and applied with a female mask, surmounted by the figures of Minerva wearing a plumed helmet and cuirass and the robed figure of Arachne seated on a Böttger lustre and gilt cushion above three small pagoda figures seated cross-legged on gilt-tasseled cushions at the base of the dome; the Böttger lustre and gilt trellis- and scroll-work ground of the columned plinth of the base reserved on the front and sides with panels and lappets edged in underglaze-blue and painted with Chinoiserie scenes, the columns with similar small gilt-edged panels, raised on four scroll feet, applied with turquoise-edged acanthus leaves and heightened in gilding, the reverse brightly painted with a colourful spray of indianische Blumen issuing from rockwork, inscribed Meißen over crossed swords mark and date 1727 in underglaze-blue.

The timepiece with 5cm dial with cartouche enamel numerals, engraved centre and single hand, the gilt timepiece movement with split Egyptian pillars, verge escapement with mock pendulum balance, the balance bridge engraved with foliate scrolls, signed BARREY A PARIS.

Height: 17⅜ in.

44.1 cm

Figural finial - Minerva's right arm has been off at the shoulder and restored back on. It is possible the arm is a replacement. The head of Minerva has been cleanly re-stuck at the neck.

The back right leg of the case has been broken off where it joins the case underneath and through the pilaster and the back of the scroll on the outer edge. The break has been put back together with a museum repair and with some infill along the breaks. There is a small chip to the corner of the pilaster base. The front left square pilaster base has a restored chip to one corner, as does the back left pilaster base corner.

There is a fine hairline crack running down from the front of the clock to the right of the small figure, across the base and up the back panel approximately 10 cm. The small figure's left hand is missing (ground off). The small seated figure to the left has his neck restored.

As discussed by Den Blaauwen the front panel of the case has been cut and adapted to allow the fitting of the mid-18th century ormolu clock mount.

Both the right and left back corners of the upper pediment have been restored. The small seated figures on the pediment at the front and on the left have had their necks restored.

The flat plinth at the very top of the clock dome is restored and made up to all for the fitting of the figural final. One corner is chipped.


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In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.


NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS

OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Ralph Bernal, M.P. (1783-1854), his estate sale, Christie's, London, April 1855, lot 195, illustrated, acquired at the sale by Sir Anthony de Rothschild (1810-1876) for £120;

Sir Anthony de Rothschild, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire;

Sold on the orders of his daughters Constance de Rothschild, Lady Battersea (1843-1931) & Annie Henrietta, The Honorable Mrs. Eliot Yorke (née de Rothschild) (1844-1926), Christie's London, June 13-14, 1923, lot 17, illustrated, acquired at the sale by J. Nachemsohn for £294;

With J. Nachemsohn, London;

Margarethe (née Knapp, 1878-1949) and Dr. Franz (1871-1950) Oppenheimer, Berlin & Vienna, bearing label (by 1927) (no. 135 in black);

Dr. Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939), Amsterdam & Paris, inv. no. Por. 288 (acquired between 1936 and 1939);

Dienststelle Mühlmann, The Hague (acquired from the Estate of the above in 1941 on behalf of the Sonderauftrag Linz for the proposed Führermuseum);

On deposit at Kloster Stift Hohenfurth;

On deposit at Salzbergwerk Bad Aussee;

Recovered from the above by Allied Monuments Officers and transferred to the Central Collecting Point Munich (MCCP inv. no. 1563/1);

Repatriated from the above to Holland between 1945 and 1949;

Loaned by the Dutch State to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam in 1952 and transferred to the museum in 1960;

Restituted by the above to the heirs of Margarethe and Franz Oppenheimer in 2021

Henry G. Bohn, A guide to the knowledge of pottery, porcelain and other objects of vertu, comprising an illustrated catalogue of the Bernal collection of works of art, London, 1857, no. 195, illustrated opposite p. 11

Ernst Zimmermann, Meissner Porzellan, Leipzig, 1926, pp. 85-86

Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Sammlung Margarete und Franz Oppenheimer. Meissener Porzellan, Berlin, 1927, no. 135, pls. 55-56

Ernst Zimmermann, Kirchner. Der Vorläufer Kändler an der Meissner Manufaktur, Vol. II, Berlin, 1929, fig. 13

Gustav E. Pazaurek, Meissner Porzellanmalerei des 18. Jahrhunderts, Stuttgart, 1929, p. 44

Franz Kieslinger, Sichergestellte Kunstwerke in den besetzten niederländischen Gebieten, Vienna, 1941, no. 285

W.B. Honey, Dresden china, an introduction to the study of Meissen porcelain, London, 1954, pp. 83, 186, n. 103

Residenzmuseum München, Europäisches Rokoko : Kunst und Kultur des 18. Jahrhunderts, exh. cat., Munich, 1958, no. 716

Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Saksisch / Dresden China 1710-1740, Amsterdam, 1962, fig. 20

Gilda Rosa, La porcellana in Europa, Milan, 1966, fig. 126

Peter Wilhelm Meister & Horst Reber, Europäisches Porzellan, Fribourg, 1980, fig. 200

Abraham L. den Blaauwen, Meissen porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000, pp. 93-95, cat. no. 48

Ulrich Pietsch & Claudia Banz, Triumph of the blue swords: Meissen porcelain for aristocracy and bourgeoisie 1720-1815, exh. cat., Dresden, 2010, no. 61

Munich, Residenz, 1958, no. 716
Dresden, Japanese Palace, 2010, no. 61