Consulat period

Fantastic gilt and patinated bronze ‘Pendule au bon sauvage, l’Amerique’ signed on the movement “Ledun à Paris”. White enamel dial with Arabic numerals and a fine pierced gilt brass hands for the hours and minutes. The movement with anchor escapement, silk thread suspension, striking on the hour and half hour, with outside count wheel. Drum-shaped case surmounted by a seated figure of a half-draped huntress with bow in her right hand and a spear that is holding an alligator still in her left. Next to her, a palm tree. She wears nice pieces of jewellery. The ‘doucine’ base is adorned with serpent-tied floral garlands above a beaded border and gilt bronze resting lion feet. This is an extremely rare and early version of the clock.

Size: H 46cm x W 39cm x D 17cm

Paris, Consulat period (circa 1800)

The design of the clock is due to Jean-Simon Deverberie’s (1764-1824) who’s original drawing for the Pendule à l’Amérique of 1799 is included in his album of clock designs, kept in the “Cabinet des Estampes”, at the national library of France in Paris. It was one of a number of fabulous designs on the theme of “le bon Sauvage”; his other most famous ones representing “l’Afrique”, portrays a negress with panther and “l’Indien et l’ Indienne enlaces”.

The present model, which was made as a pendant to his l’Afrique dates from 1799 and continued in popularity up during the Empire period. We a thrilled to have both in our collection for this time being.