An Important Louis XVI Ormolu and White Marble Musical Mantle Clock by Antoine Cronier With Enamel Dial Signed by Barbezat.
With a 7-inch enamel dial showing the day and month of the year and signed on the back of the dial by the enameller Elie Barbezat who was active between 1768 1777. The front of the dial signed Cronier A Paris, the substantial movement with circular flat-bottomed plates, bell striking with outside count wheel, silk suspension, the fusee and chain musical movement playing one of twelve tunes at the hour on a carillon of twelve bells with twenty four hammers, the drum case surmounted by a putto and flanked by the figure of Aurora, a putto astronomer and an armillary sphere, the rectangular plinth with mask flanked by drapes, inset with a concealed door, raised on a marble plinth with further gilt mounts.
Relojes Antiguos (1500 – 1850) Coleccion F. Perez De Olaguer-Felieu by Luis Monreal Y Tejada No 88
An almost Identical Clock is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, L'Encyclopédie de la Pendule Française du Moyen Age au XXe, Paris, 1997, p.249. Another by Barbier Le Jeune was sold at Sotheby’s London 15th May 2014
Antoine Cronier, or Crosnier, (13 January 1732 - after 1806) was a noted clockmaker active during the second half of the 18th century in Paris, France.
In 1763, he was recognized as a maître-horloger. His clocks used bronzes by Robert and Jean-Baptiste Osmond, Edmé Roy, René François Morlay, Nicolas Bonnet, and François Vion and worked with gilder Honoré Noël
Today his clocks are in museum collections including the Musée Nissim de Camondo, the Royal Collection of the United Kingdom, Waddesdon Manor, Harewood House, the Residenzmuseum in Munich, the Neue Residenz Bamberg, the Royal Palace of Turin, the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, the Nationalmuseet in Stockholm, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Huntington Library, and the Pavlovsk Palace.
Mr Perez Olaguer-Felieu, Barcelona Spain
Antonio María Pérez de Olaguer Feliu (1907–1968)
Antonio Pérez de Olaguer descended from distinguished families both from his father’s and mother’s side. The ancestors of his father originated from Andalusia; his grandfather, Manuel Pérez Marqueti (1829-1889), came from Cádiz. A physician serving in the navy, in the mid-19th century he engaged in trade with the Philippines, then managed state contracts in the islands, and eventually developed his own retail and real estate business in Manila. He became one of the richest men in the Philippines and left a fortune to his two sons. The business was inherited by his sons: Antonio's father Luis Pérez Samanillo (1868–1936) and Rafael, who enlarged it.
The collapse of Spanish rule in 1898 did not affected the Pérez business much. However, Luis started to invest in Spain, mostly in Catalonia. In the early 20th Century the family permanently settled in a luxury Barcelona residence, managing their overseas economy remotely. They had 9 children, some of them born in the Philippines; Antonio was the youngest one.
Casa Pérez Samanillo, Barcelona
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