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Important gilt bronze and patinated marble mantel set with red Morello cherry marble.
The clock features a draped cherub pointing to time, and wrapping a bollard with a horn of plenty.
The enamelled dial with Roman numerals is signed A.Beurdeley Fils à Paris.
The rectangular base with feet with a skid and inverted cavet presents an ornamentation of foliated posts and ram's heads.
Pendulum: H. 56.5 cm - W. 51 cm - D. 25.5 cm.
Candelabra : H. 79 cm
Our garnish is presented "in its juice": movement to be revised, traces of oxidation and a few small marble lacks.
The revision of the movement and cleaning will be guaranteed by our watchmaker on request.
Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley (1808 - 1882)
The Beurdeley family was one of the most important dynasties of furniture makers in the 19th century. They took their art to a level of skill rarely equalled. They practiced for three generations from 1818 to 1895.
The Beurdeleys are particularly renowned for the quality of their gilded bronze frames and the choice of precious materials to decorate their furniture and works of art. The systematic use of mercury gilding and the quality of the chiselling allow them to perpetuate the tradition of excellence of the 18th century.
The founder of the dynasty, Jean Beurdeley, settled in Paris in 1804. There he created a modest company and slowly built his reputation. It is located at 355 rue Saint Honoré in 1818 and 364 rue Saint Honoré from 1820 to 1839. In 1839, he occupies the prestigious Pavillon de Hanovre at the corner of rue Louis-le-Grand and Boulevard des Italiens, which testifies to his success.
His son, Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley, would become famous and honoured. He continued his father's work at the Hanover Pavilion where he created furniture mainly inspired by the Louis XVI style. He is one of the most talented creators of the second half of the 19th century, excelling in bronze work as well as in cabinet making.
During the Second Empire, he became one of the main suppliers of the Imperial Garde-meuble, received orders from Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie, especially for their wedding, and supplied the royal houses of Europe. He participated in the Universal Exhibitions in Paris in 1855 and 1867, where he received numerous distinctions.
Louis Beurdeley's creations generally bear the "BY" stamp. Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley, works with his father, then succeeds him in 1875. Still based at the Hanover Pavilion, he opened workshops at 20 and 24 rue Dautancourt. The activity continues in the same spirit until 1895.
Alfred, like his colleagues Dasson, Grohé and Fourdinois, took part in the prestigious Universal Exhibition of 1878 where he received the gold medal. This success allowed him to open a gallery in New York. His participation in the 1883 World's Fair in Amsterdam assured him even more success. He was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour. Beurdeley ceased its activities in 1895 and the stock was dispersed at numerous auctions.