FINE EGYPTIAN REVIVAL EMPIRE STYLE MAHOGANY LONGCASE CLOCK, Paris, c. 1910, Retailed by R.J. Horner of New York
Item # 120106LNP24
This French Empire style longcase clock is crafted of the finest solid mahogany and mahogany veneers, the deep ruby red of the patinated surface glowing under layers of waxes like a polished jewel. It is delightfully embellished with a series of quite fine gilded metal mounts of classical and Egyptian inspiration, the latter being particularly highly sought after by collectors of the period. The triangular crest is solid oak secondary with mahogany veneers and a cockbead molding round the edges, the center mounted with a classical scene of a Putto led in his chariot by two horses through the swirling clouds of the heavens. The crest is easily removable the top, resting loosely in the case over round dowels. The clock case is in two parts, the upper clock case resting on the lower pedestal stand. The clock case is framed in two tapered pillars, each capped by finely cast Egyptian masks and flowing anthemion mounts, the columns terminating over tiny gilt feet. The clock face is symmetrically detailed with foliate spandrels around a white porcelain face with black painted Roman numerals and carefully chased brass at the center and around the edges. A mask of Dionysus hangs as the pendulum in an original wavy glass window. Side doors on either side of the clock open over original hinges to allow access to the clock without moving it. The back of the clock also boasts an upholstered door, opening to broadly reveal the works and interior.
The clock rests over a pedestal lower section, crafted of solid mahogany pillars crested by cast bronze palmettos. The back of the clock is heavily oxidized, nearly black in some areas. An original label on the back of the clock reads "Imported from Paris by RJ Horner & Co, Furniture Makers, 61, 63, 65 West 23rd Street, NEW YORK."
This is an absolutely gorgeous work of art. For any serious collector of French Empire style furnishings and decorative arts, this is an unusual and very fine selection.
Provenance: Sotheby's, April 22, 2010, sale N08627, lot 76
Measurements: 86 1/8" H x 24" W x 14" D, 76 7/16" H without the triangular crest; clock case is 39 1/4" H (without crest); pedestal section is 37 1/8" H
Condition Report: Light veneer losses and cracking, some wax color matching to areas of loss. Losses around upper molding of the pedestal, notably to the left corner. Surface behind clock face with some curving. Movement appears complete but not tested. Some fading to lettering on clock face. Later winding key. Fabric on interior with tears, losses to veneer inside of case; some rosettes and mounts may have been replaced but it is difficult to know for certain.