A rare clock

82 - A rare clock

Colorless glass. Corpus on four baluster feet, four balls on top. Colorful enameled decor with gold staffage: quiver, bow and arrow, ligation of the monogram of Henry II. and Diana, Star of David. Frontal goddess Diana during deer-hunt in fine deep cut. Underside marked: "E. Gallé Nancy 84". Full plate clockwork with cylinder escapement and half-hour striking on a bell. 21,5 x 11,5 x 9 cm Landschaftsinsel mit der Göttin Diana auf der Hirschjagd in sehr sauber ausgeführter Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566) was a prominent courtier at the courts of kings Francis I and his son, Henry II of France. She became notorious as the latter's favourite mistress. It was in this capacity that she wielded much influence and power at the French Court, which continued until Henry was mortally wounded in a tournament accident, during which his lance wore her favour (ribbon) rather than his wife's. She was immortalized in art as the subject of paintings by François Clouet as well as other anonymous painters and also in this lot. Lit. : R. und L. Grover: Carved & Decorated European Art Glass, Abb. 249 (Schatulle in ähnlicher Ausführung).

Emile Gallé, Nancy, 1884

Catalogueprice: 20.000 - 30.000 €

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