Fine Neoclassical George Washington Mantel Clock

French, early 19th century, patinated bronze bust of Washington à l'antique on block case with laurel wreath mounts on sides and applied ormolu acanthus leaves above plinth base, white enamel dial with ormolu bezel, signed "Ls. Mallet/ H. DE M.D.D'Orleans", pendulum present, 18-1/2 x 7-5/8 x 7-5/8 in.

For other examples of bronze ormolu clocks with the busts or full length statuettes of George Washington that were made abroad but for the American market, please see: Feld, Elizabeth, and Stuart P. Feld. Of the Newest Fashion: Masterpieces of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts: an Exhibition Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Hirschl & Adler Galleries. New York: Hirschl & Adler Galleries, 2001, pages 74-77.

For a nearly identical clock signed Ls. Mallet, please see Christie's, New York, Sale 1096, May 29, 2002, lot 187, brought $41,820.

Provenance:Israel Sack, Inc, New York,, purchased 1975 for $1,650 (accompanied by original receipt); The Estate of William N. Banks, Jr., Newnan, Georgia


lacking back plate, minor gilt wear, several scratches on each side under wreaths, abrasions to base

Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
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