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La Pendulerie

Mantel Clock representing 'The African Huntress'

Mantel Clock representing 'The African Huntress'
Attributed to Jean-Simon Deverberie (1764-1824), important bronze manufacturer, almost certainly the first one to celebrate the theme of the 'noble savage'
Gilt and patinated bronze
Paris, Directory-Consulate period, circa 1800
H 45.5 x W 35.5 x D 14 cm
White enamel dial with Roman numeral hours, Arabic numeral fifteen-minute intervals and pierced bronze hands
Bezel adorned with stylized and bead friezes
On top a seated black huntress with a feather loincloth and a quiver with feathered arrows slung across her chest. Behind her a seated lioness and under her left foot a turtle
Base decorated with flower-and-leaf garlands and cherubs hunting and fishing
Six finely chased feet
Literature: Dominique and Chantal Fléchon, 'La pendule au nègre', in Bulletin de l’association nationale des collectionneurs et amateurs d’horlogerie ancienne, Spring 1992, n° 63, pp 27-49

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