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FRENCH ORMOLU, PATINATED-BRONZE AND MALACHITE MANTEL CLOCK, Early 19th century
Clock case plinth supporting the gilded bronze sculpture of an angel. Dial signed ‘Bailly A PARIS’ Dimensions: 47 x 28.5 x 13.5 cm Bailly (retired in 1818) was one of the finest clockmakers of his time in Paris and earned the title of Horloger de LL. MM. II. et RR (Clockmaker to Their Imperial and Royal Majesties). Working from Rue de Richelieu, he was one of the main suppliers to the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne. Bailly had the responsibility of maintaining the clocks at Compiègne and the Trianons, and is known to have used cases by the leading Parisian bronziers including Pierre-Philippe Thomire and Claude Galle as well as Ferdinand Schwerdfeger. In addition to the Musées du Château de Compiègne and Fontainebleau as well as the Grand Trianon, other clocks by Bailly can be seen in Paris in the Garde-Meuble National and Musées du Louvre, Marmottan and La Légion d’Honneur.