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an ormolu and patinated-bronze mounted, white and black marb

€1,000,000 - €2,000,000

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the head wearing a turban with plumed feathers, the eyes indicating the hours and the minutes, the draped bust with a quiver and a bow to the back and a floral garland sash across the front, the pedestal on a stepped gilt bronze and marble breakfront base flanked by putti, the base enclosing an organ, the gilt bronze mounts depicting children playing with a dog in the clouds, vases with flowers, the sides with caduceus and petasus, on toupee feet, the movement signed FURET ET GAUDON HORLOGERS DU ROI under the turban and  Furet et Godon horlogers Du Roi, a Paris in front of the musical cylinder Haut. 72 cm, larg. 41 cm, prof. 23 cm ; height 28⅓in., width 16in., depth 9in. - Made by the clockmaker Jean-Baptiste André Furet in 1784; - Bought by the Garde-Meuble 4.000 livres to Furet in 1784; - Baron M.-A. Thierry de Ville-d'Avray for is apartment at the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, place Louis XV in Paris; - Presented to Queen Marie-Antoinette in January 1792 at the Palais des Tuileries; - Royal Garde-Meuble, then at the « Cabinet des Machines de la ci-devant Académie des Sciences au Louvre » then to the Ministry of Finance until July 1796; - Sold and then delivered to the dealers Brun and La Jarre, June 1797; - Purchased by Jean-Édouard, 5th Comte de Ribes (1893-1982), from the antique dealer Koenigsberg, « Au Passé », 74 rue du faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, in 1937