EMPIRE ORMOLU CLOCK, attributed to Claude Galle


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Paris, circa 1810

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Attributed to Claude Galle, Paris, circa 1810

The 4 3/8 inch white enamel dial with Roman and Arabic numerals and inscribed Soyez Fq. de Bronze / Rue de Montmorency, No.8,

within an arched case with flanking swans with pendent husk swags above a coved recess,

with the figure of a man embracing a woman, on a bronze mounted rectangular Patricia green marble base.

Hight 23 1/8 in. (58,7 cm), width (foot to foot) 16 1/8 in. (40,9 cm), depth (including clock casing) 10 in. (25,4 cm) 


Excellent detail and quality. A few areas of light rubbing to gilding, but overall gilding is well preserved. A few scattered small spots of dirt and staining to both figures, not detracting from the overall appearance.  Very small scattered chips to the edges of the marble base, practically unnoticeable. Very good condition considering age.


This model, known as “Le Raccommodement ” or “Le Réconciliation”was designed by the bronziers Denière and Mathelin as the counterpart “La Brouille” (The Quarrel). When together, the unique pair represents two sides of a romantic relationship. An almost identical example of this model by Galle and now in the Palazzo Pitti is illustrated Hans Ottomeyer and Peter Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, vol. 1, 1986, fig. 5.13.11. A clock of this model signed Galle Rue Vivienne a Paris, is in Schloss Fasanerie, Fulda.

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