French Louis XVI St. Ormolu And Patinated Bronze Clock Signed Denière A Paris
Item # 8793
An important and extremely charming French Louis XVI st. ormolu and patinated bronze clock signed by renowned Parisian clock maker Denière a Paris. The oval shaped clock is raised by an ormolu base with a richly chased laurel band below a concavely shaped band. The young patinated bronze winged cherub is seated by his bow and arrows neatly set in their quiver, while a curious bird looks on. The cherub is holding a scroll in his left hand, seemingly reading and taing notes with a pen in his right hand. Housed within the shelf is the signed enameled clock surrounded by a beaded ormolu band. All original gilt and patina throughout.
Jean François DENINGER known as DENIERE, (1774-1866), was a renowned French Bronzier. La Maison Denière was created in 1804 and joined by his son Guilllaume. The father and the son were important decorative bronze manufactures in Paris. Their works appeared at the World Fair in Paris in 1855. DENIERE created many clocks with the famous Jean François Théodore GECHTER (1796-1844). All his clocks were honored for their precision and high quality. Denière received many Royal commissions, including the Tuileries Garden in 1852 and 1854 and the bronze group “Apollon and his Muses”, at the top of Opera Garnier in Paris He also received numerous orders from abroad. The most spectacular being the gilded bronze made for the Russian ambassador Kisselef in 1854, and several furniture pieces for the Viceroy of Egypt, Saïd Pacha. His contributions to the World Fair were always anticipated and notably equal to those of the Maison Barbedienne. In 1819 DENIERE is one of the craftsmen who created the Duke of Bordeaux’s cradle, which is conserved at the Art Décoratifs Museum. In 1825 DENIERE creates the gilded bronzes for Charles X’s consecration carriage. Guillaume continues the success of La Maison Denière until his death in 1903.