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    A Monumental French Gilt Bronze and Enamel Clock

    Unknown maker, Paris, France
    Circa 1864
    Gilt bronze and enamel
    Unmarked
    34 in. high x 31 in. wide x 14.5 in. deep

    Depicting the Creation of the World, with three female figures holding a floral chain seated upon a cloud base, with Cupid before them; a blue enameled clock in the form of a globe surrounded by four cherubs with attributes of harvest and abundance, with an Apollo mask below, with radiating sun bursts emitting from the cloud form; on a shaped base with acanthus leaf scroll legs and chased border with fleur-de-lis flanking an armorial. Inscribed on the side Gaston de Pontalba 1864.

    This extravagant and monumental clock appears to have been commissioned for Gaston de Pontalba, the second son of the prominent New Orleans land owner and real estate developer Baroness Micaela Almonester Pontalba.




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