A royal provenance?
Here you can admire one of the flagship models of Charles Cressent, a remarkable 18th century figure who was both cabinetmaker and sculptor. The wall clocks designed by the artist in the 1730s were highly successful. He also produced several variants of the genre, which can now be seen in famous institutions like the Musée du Louvre and the Wallace Collection in London. This wall clock in bronze, decorated with a figure of Boreas, belonged to the type that was delivered in February 1745 for the bedchamber of the Dauphine Marie-Thérèse Raphaëlle of Spain at Versailles, and kept for a long time in the apartments of Marie Antoinette. It was also the work of clockmaker JeanBaptiste Baillon (the movement bears the number 488), and could be a famous royal clock that was never located. It will go up as the star of a Paris sale on 7 December at Drouot (Thierry de Maigret) with an estimate of €100,000/150,000.
Mikhail Konstantinovich Klodt von Yurgensburg’s work features prominently at the famous Tretyakov Gallery, which celebrates Russian painting’s various currents better than any other, including the Peredvizhniki [The Wanderers in English], who from the 1860s-1880s eschewed the classic training of the academies in favour of contemporary Russian themes, seen through the prism of realism. Like many of them, Klodt von Yurgensburg was particularly interested in landscape, a genre that celebrates the lives of ordinary folk and farm work. This lively landscape (€12,000/15,000) belongs to a set of two paintings that will be up for auction during the "Spirit of the Nineteenth Century" auction in Fontainebleau on 18 November (Osenat auction house). Stéphanie Perris-Delmas
GAZETTE DROUOT INTERNATIONAL I N° 19