A FINE MID 19TH CENTURY FRENCH GILT BRONZE AND PORCELAIN FIGURAL MANTEL CLOCK BY BAVOZET & FILS, PARIS
the case of Rococo style, richly ornamented with volute scroll feet, vines and trailing flowers and surmounted by a group of three Bacchic putti in the manner of Clodion, enriched with a pair of porcelain panels depicting Cupid with a dove and Cupid with a bow, the porcelain dial also depicting Cupids with a floral garland, signed in gilt lettering ‘BAVOZET & FILS PARIS’, with gilt Roman numerals and Breguet style hands, the twin train movement with outside countwheel striking on a bell, stamped ‘Vincenti & Cie MEDAILLE D’ARGENT’, and signed ‘Bavozet et fils a Paris’, numbered 303, with pendulum, raised on a later silk covered wooden plinth,
the clock 35cm high x 43cm wide
The movement is striking when the hands are turned but not fully tested or guaranteed.
Tardy lists Bavozet & Fils at Rue Nve St-Etienne in 1850, see ‘Dictionnaire des Horlogers Francais, p. 37.
P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de La Pendule française du Moyen Age au XXe siècle, Paris, 1997, p. 452, fig B.
During the 1830’s Bavozet produced a series of clocks modelled after the facades of French Gothic cathedrals, including Reims, Paris, Rennes and Rouen. These exceptional cases were fitted with clock movements by the most highly regarded clockmaker of the 19th century, Breguet. An example was sold at Christie’s, London, 16 November 2017, lot 474, sold £20,000.