Lot 1250: A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU MOUNTED TORTOISESHELL AND BRASS BOULLE-INLAID TABLE CLOCK, PIERRE DU CHESNE, PARIS, CIRCA 1705 |
October 26, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 9-inch twelve-piece cartouche enamel dial on a velvet ground, signed on an enamel plaque below DUCHESNE A PARIS, the similarly signed bell striking movement with five vase-turned pillars, verge escapement with silk suspension and cycloidal cheeks, numbered outside count wheel and pierced steel striking gates, the case veneered in brown shell and inlaid with engraved foliate scrolls inhabited by birds, monkeys and masks, the scroll corners mounted on the backs of four recumbent horses, on a shaped integral plinth with toupie feet,
Dial in good condition, hair cracks to IIII. Movement is complete but very much in need of a clean and service. Case in generally good restored condition, mounts re-gilt, some old cracks and repairs to veneers and inlay, some old worm damage and repairs but otherwise generally good. With pendulum and 2 winders but no case key.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. 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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
Dimensions: 99cm. 39in. high
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