Louis XVI Lyre Form Mantel Clock by Maison Millet of Paris
This fabulous Louis XVI style lyre-form mantel clock by Maison Millet of Paris dates from the late 19th century, and features a blue enameled steel and gilt bronze frame on base of white and blue marble. 24.5 x 12.5 in; 61 x 31.5 cm. Rear of female mask is stamped MILLET. Overall good condition, with usual degree of rubbing wear, surface dirt and scratches. Glass missing from dial face and the inscription is not legible. Provenance upon request.
Founded by Theodore Millet in Paris in 1853, the firm produced the finest quality original designs and reproductions of important Louis XV and Louis XVI period designs for Francois Linke among other prestigious designers of the late 19th and early 20th century. The firm won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris 1889, a grand prize at the 1900 exposition, among other awards. Possibly their most notable commission was achieved in 1902 when they reproduced Marie Antoinette's celebrated jewelry cabinet known as the grand cabinet a bijoux. The firm operated at 11, rue Jacques-Coeur before relocating to 23, boulevard Beaumarchais. The company closed in 1918.
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Meyer, Jonathan, Great Exhibitions- London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, UK, 2006, pps. 276, 317, 320.