Patinated and gilt bronze, and yellow marble. Cupid and Psyche. Dial signed "LESIEUR A PARIS". Movement signed "LESIEUR" (active in Paris circa 1820). Length 58 cm, height 89 cm. Pendulum included. Key included.
50 000 - 60 000 SEK
4 776 - 5 731 EUR
Charlottenlund estate, Ystad.
Svenska slott och herresäten, at the beginning of the 1900's, Skåne, Charlottenlund, the lot pictured page 55, in the Grand Parlour.
Ottomeyer-Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, München 1986, part 1, compare mantel clock page 350, fig. 5.7.1.
The French sculptor Claude Michallon (1752-99) made the model which the bronzier Pierre-Victor Ledure (born 1783) casted. Two mantel clocks of this model are known and signed by Ledure. One, in the Ministry of Defense, Paris is illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 350, fig. 5.7.1. The other was sold at Sotheby's New York, 10 November 1986, lot 105.
Claude Michallon (1752-99), French sculptor, who studied sculpture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, became a student of Charles-Antoine Bridan (1730-1805) and Guillaume Coustou.
In 1785 he won the great prize for sculpture with a low relief depicting Brutus. He studied at the Académie de France in Rome for six years, until 1791. When he returned to Paris, he received orders for colossal statues and won several awards awarded by the Public Information Committee. He competed for several projects in Paris, he also won the competition prize with a plan for Pont Neuf. Claude Michallon presented his marble group d'Aconce et Cydippe at the Salon in Paris in 1793. He also created various models for clock cases, like Cupid and Psychée. Among others, Pierre-Philippe Thomire cast bronze after his models.
According to the tale of Cupid and Psyche by the Roman writer Apuleius, the king daughter Psyche was so beautiful that Venus herself became envious and Cupid fell in love with her, but forbade her to see his face. After countless intricacies and suffering, the two were finally united, and she was taken to the God world, where they were offered a wedding.
Viewing: May 29th – June 3rd at Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
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Auction: June 4th–5th at Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm
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