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Millet

Bronze-caster
(active from 1853 to 1918)
attributed to

The “Doves” Clock

France
Circa 1890

Height : 50 cm (19 2/3 in.) ; Width : 22 cm (8 2/3 in.) ; Depth : 13 cm (5 in.)

Rare clock made of Fluorspar (usual term for fluorite), with beautiful light green tone. The rigorous lines of the clock make the effect to highlight this delicate shimmering stone. Beautiful chiselled and gilded bronze mounts made of two doves at the top, heads of satyrs on the sides and a tied ribbon and a garland of fruits framing the dial.

Biography

The firm of Théodore Millet was founded in 1853. A very talented specialist in 18th Century reproductions, Millet produced furniture and artistic bronzes of the highest quality. He was one of the few cabinet-makers to obtain authorisation from the Château de Versailles to make in 1902 a replica of Queen Marie-Antoinette’s great jewel cabinet. As an artist of great merit and Specialising in « meubles et bronzes d’art, genre ancien et moderne », Millet obtained the highest rewards such as the Gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1889 for his first participation, and the Grand Prize at the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The photographic archives show, among the workshops views and the parisian shop, Millet’s stand at the Universal Exhibition in Saint-Louis (US) in 1904. The firm’s influence internationnally is then through its antenna in New-York « Duryea and Potter », 469 fifth avenue, New-Yok. The firm lasted until 1918.

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