Boulle-inspired gilt clock set for $220,000 auction

A gilt bronze clock, manufactured by JP Develle et Freres circa 1870-1875 after a design by Andres Boulle, could make $180,000-220,000 at Sotheby's New York on October 30.

The Napoleon III-era, Louis XIV-style Gaine de Fontainebleau clock is based on a design by celebrated 18th century designer Andre Charles Boulle (1642-1732).

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Only two examples of Boulle's original clock survive to this day

Boulle was among the most talented French cabinet makers, and his work was much in demand throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

His skill in marqeutry is unrivalled, and he gave his name to the technique of inlaying copper with tortoiseshell.

In 1993, a six legged desk by Boulle in ebony and chiselled bronze achieved $17m.

A pair of Louis XVI-style, gilt-bronze-mounted vases from the late 19th century will also feature.

The cobalt blue, Sevres-style porcelain-lidded vessels are valued at $150,000-200,000.

They feature scenes from the myth of Hercules, along with acanthus leaves that transform into busts of nymphs.

A large Louis XV revival gilt-bronze bureau plat, circa 1905, carries an estimate of $150,000-200,000.

The lot is attributed to Joseph-Emmanuel Zweiner, a Paris-based furniture maker from Germany whose work featured in the collections of many noble European families.  

In 2011, a serre bijoux cabinet by Zweiner and sculptor Leon Massage achieved £623,650 ($1m) at Christie's, London.

We have this Holland and Sons card table, circa 1860, for sale.

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