14th Jun, 2023 10:00

Fine Interiors

Lot 637


A large Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze cartel clock

A large Louis XVI-style gilt-bronze cartel clock,
late 19th century, having a convex enamel dial inscribed 'Louis Montjoye, Aaria', supporting a French drum movement striking on a bell, the case crest with a sunburst over a cherub seated in a carriage drawn by two doves, scrolling foliage and a seated nude and cherub,
120cm high
dial 21.5cm diameter

Louis Montjoye (1728-c.1815)
As an horological expert, Montjoye's name is often associated with some of the finest Louis XVI clocks. The son of Jacques and Marie-Madeleine née Langlois, he was apprenticed to Michel Mathurin Guery in 1736. In 1748, he was received as a Paris maitre, at which date he moved from Quai Pelletier to rue Dauphine; 1758 saw him established at rue de la Vieille Draperie and 1772 at rue Galande. He lived well into old age and died circa 1815 at Jouy-le-Chatel; his sons Louis II (d. before 1783) and Joseph-Bernard (d. after 1817) were both watch-case makers.

Much of Montjoye's work was supplied to the marchands-merciers, especially Pierre-Simon La Hoguette and Dominique Daguerre, and through them was acquired by such figures as the duc de Richelieu, the duchesse de Mazarin, the marquis de Montesquiou, the comte de Vaudreuil and the Margravine von Baden. Today, examples of his work can be found among important collections, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Zähringer Museum in Baden-Baden, the Huntington Collection in San Marino, California, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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The Carter Collection

Roy Carter was a collector since childhood - first birds’ eggs, then coins and then pocket watches - and the large family home he built in 1968 became a receptacle for all manner of interesting antiques, later requiring a large extension to house his burgeoning collection. 

After Roy’s passing in 2016, his collection now comes for sale at Sworders, and it is a pleasure to offer lots in several sales this spring, including Fine Interiors, Sporting Art, Wildlife and Dogs, and Homes & Interiors. 

Sold for £3,800

Condition Report

Glass of door lacking. Re-gilded. Dial worn, cracks and repair around 6 0' clock. Movement restored or replaced.. One floral mount to left-hand side broken at lower end. . Scratches, knocks and some misshapen areas. Movement untested. Please see additional photos.



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Auction: Fine Interiors, 14th Jun, 2023

By Interiors Enthusiasts, for Interiors Enthusiasts.

We are thrilled to share with you the Summer 2023 edition of our Fine Interiors catalogue, in which we have, as ever, strived to gather together an exquisite array of furniture and furnishings from collections across the country, blending timeless style with current interior decorating trends.

With nearly seven hundred lots you will find a diverse and tempting range of neoclassical and grand tour works of art, extraordinary examples of Derbyshire Blue John and Ashford Black marble from the collection of David and Elizabeth Hacker, East Anglian silver from the Colman Family collection, a selection of items from the Estate of Roy Carter and several spectacular lots previously owned by Arthur George Tite Esq. (1904-1984). We are also pleased to present the Montpelier Interiors edit, items meticulously sourced from across Europe by Nick and Belinda Hough-Robbins, and many other beautiful and covetable works of art, furnishings and furniture.

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London Viewing | Highlights

A selection of lots will be on view Wednesday 24 May - Tuesday 6 June at our London Gallery, 15 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ, as follows:

Monday-Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm 

Saturday, 1pm - 5pm

Sunday - Closed

NOTE:   Closed on Monday 29 May for the bank holiday

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Stansted Viewing | Auction

Viewing will be held at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE, as follows:

Friday 9 June, 10am - 5pm 

Saturday 10 June, 10am - 2pm 

Sunday 11 June, 10am - 2pm 

Monday 12 June, 10am - 5pm 

All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description. 

The auction will take place at our Stansted Auction Rooms, Cambridge Road, Stansted Mountfitchet CM24 8GE.

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Buying a pre-loved, antique, or vintage item not only provides you with unique style and value for money but it also helps to reduce landfill, and the annual emissions of an antique or vintage piece can be as little as one sixteenth of those of its new equivalent!

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