The peak of opulent French clockmaking’

The peak of opulent French clockmaking’

Postby koimaster » March 7th 2017, 4:13pm

Clocks specialist Toby Woolley shares his delight in a selection of magnificent pieces from the Robert de Balkany: Rome & the Côte d’Azur auctions — on 22 and 23 March at Christie’s London

‘The great clocks are not put together in one workshop,’ explains Christie’s specialist Toby Woolley. The movement of the clock, the dial, the case and the ormolu mounts would very often be made in separate workshops. ‘This really is the peak of opulent French clockmaking,’ he remarks of the examples that are being offered in the collection of businessman Robert de Balkany.

Robert de Balkany was a passionate collector of European and English fine and decorative art, particularly clocks, silver, furniture and Old Masters. The works in the sale — on 22 and 23 March — come from two of his houses: Château Balsan on the French Riviera and Palazzo Lancellotti in Rome.

‘The clocks of the 18th century which predominantly feature in the collection are inspired by the designs of André-Charles Boulle, the greatest cabinetmaker and producer of works of art in the early 18th century,’ says Woolley. ... 147-3.aspx


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