Pendulum Buffalo Louis XV gilt bronze lacquered wood Chinese candelabra 18th

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A10 223

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Pendulum called "au buffle" Louis XV, bronze (brown and gold patina and lacquered wood with two candelabra.Exotic style, vintage eighteenth century.

This clock is typical of the taste of the Louis XV period for the exotic and Asian countries. Here, the Asian buffalo bronze patina brown is placed on a rococo base gilded bronze contours enlivened and lacquered wood decorated with foliage. On its back, the finely chiseled gilt bronze dial is itself surmounted by a Chinese head with garlands of flowers (porcelain). With two candelabra with 3 lights in the shape of water lilies (bronze patina green and gold) in pot (decorated with lacquered wood plates with Asian patterns).

This clock is in good condition and is of exceptional quality. The representation of an Asian buffalo in an animal clock is quite rare. The candelabras are also in good condition. The movement will be revised, we have the pendulum but not the key. The enamelled dial is Roman numerals for hours and Arabic for minutes, signed by the watchmaker Chevrault in Paris.

A note: the bezel of the window of the dial is slightly deformed, small luster on the glass, small cracks in places on lacquered wood (see arrows), slight wear of the patina in places, look at the photos.

* In the eighteenth century, the Far East fascinates the Western world, especially in France under the reign of Louis XV, to the point of giving birth to many pieces of furniture and decorative sets "in the taste of China".
On the Louis XV clocks in bronze appear very attractive Chinese, sometimes flanking the movement, sometimes enthroned at the top. In the same way, in the same area of exoticism and curiosity for the country and their fauna with clocks. Their fashion is considerable. They are among the most sought after of the time. Often bronze in dark patina, the animal rests on a rocky terrace with tracery and volutes in gilded and gilded bronze. The animal supporting the dial can be surmounted by a Chinese character with an umbrella, an Indian, a monkey dressed in the extreme Eastern fashion or a putto. The most famous are the elephant pendulum and the rhinoceros pendulum, but we can also find felines, dromedaries or buffaloes. The golden age of clocks with animals is limited to the reign of Louis XV even if the production will continue in a Transition style until the beginning of the reign of Louis XVI. (See Pierre Kjellberg, Encyclopedia of the French Pendulum from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century, Paris, Les Éditions de l'Amateur, 1997).



Data sheet

  • Diamètre cadran 10 cm
  • Dimensions pendule 28,5 cm x 21 cm candélabres 9,2 cm x 9,2 cm
  • Height pendule 38 cm / candélabres 26 cm