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Empire period gilt bronze mantel clock by Galle

About the object

This beautiful gilt bronze (ormolu) mantel clock was crafted in France during the period when Napoleon I was Emperor (1804-1814, 15). It was designed by the famous bronze caster and gilder, Claude Galle (French, 1759-1815). Galle was apprenticed to the fondeur Pierre Foy, and later took over his workshop in Paris. In 1786, Galle became a maitre-fondeur and began to receive commissions to supply bronzes for the royal palaces of King Louis XVI. After the French Revolution, Galle enjoyed the patronage of Napoleon Bonaparte. The dial of this clock is signed, ‘Galle/ Rue Vivienne No.9’.
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