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Premier Auction - Session II | November 12, 2022

Sat, Nov 12, 2022 09:00AM EST
Lot 697

French Bronze George Washington Mantle Clock

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

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$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

19th century, monumental clock and stand, seated Washington next to stack of papers reading "Ind?pendance am?ricaine/July 4th, 1776", large rectangular stand with interior marble support, two claw form feet, and leaf decoration, surmounted by large marble base, 24 x 18-3/4 x 8-3/4 in.


This rare French clock is very similar to a large clock of Benjamin Franklin that is owned by the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S, Department of State (accession RR-1998.0004). The dial of the Franklin clock is marked by Dubuc, who made many of the iconic clocks of George Washington. The Franklin clock was in the collection of Stanley Sax (Sotheby's January 1998, lot 443), to Israel Sack, to the U.S. Department of State. Now, it is on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

US State Department-

Background on Important Private Collection from Boston:
I have been working with this collector for over 25 years, both in the initial acquisition of the objects and overseeing their conservation as needed. With a keen eye for quality and design, and a deep passion for all things classical, he has quietly amassed a top-notch collection of American furniture and decorative arts. The collection encompasses outstanding examples from the leading cabinetmakers of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, representing excellence in form and proportions, condition, wood quality, and carving. It also includes rare objects that are among the best of their kind. Now, with the downsizing of one of his properties, the offerings in this catalog are coming to market to find new owners who share a love for this remarkable period in American furniture history.
Clark Pearce,
Advisor and Consultant to Collectors and Institutions

Provenance: Property from an Important Boston Collection


not tested for functionality, missing key, cracks to both marble elements, separation at stand corners

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