Style Orientalism / Ref.17390
Mantle garniture in the orientalist taste in gilt-bronze with polychrome porcelain decoration
Width: 8'' ⅝ 22cm
Height: 16'' ⅞ 43cm
Depth: 5'' ⅛ 13cm
Movement signed : Marti, Médaille de bronze
Polished and varnished bronze, polychrome porcelain
This exquisite orientalist mantle garniture was inspired by an eclectic range of decorative source materials and is characteristic of French works of art produced in the 1880s. Fashioned in gilt-bronze and ornamented with porcelain polychrome plaques decorated with vegetal scrolls and cartouches inspired by Iznik enamels, the clock takes the form of a piece of miniature architecture. The clock face is framed by two columns whose capitals support an open foliated pediment directly inspired by Islamic monuments. The clock is accompanied by a pair of vases of Byzantine form, the sides of which are encircled with a porcelain band that echoes the clock’s decoration. The body of the vases is also ornamented with chased bronze of the highest quality. This beautifully chased bronze work comprises palmettos of stylized organic shapes and delicate scrollwork. Certain of the bronze elements are executed in openwork, such as the handles of the vases.
Although not signed, this garniture is inscribed “Paris” under the face of the clock, indicating that this exceptional piece was the work of a French manufacturer. Created around 1880, this set is characteristic of the taste for eclecticism, the divergent sources used and the wide ornamental vocabulary taken from many different periods and continents that created this arresting and original work of art.
Size of the clock: Height: 43 cm; Width: 22 cm; Depth: 13 cm
Size of the vases: Height: 38 cm; Width: 13 cm; Depth: 13 cm
Price: $ 16 800
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