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Cartel in Boulle marquetry and gilt bronzes signed Fardouelle, 160 cm, XVIII
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18000 € (port +150€)
Cartels, Louis XV, XVIII

Violin cartel and console in Boulle marquetry: tortoise shell, abundant brass inlays. The important bronzes of the cartel are gilded with the leaf.

A rare scale: a total of 160 cm in height with the console.

The gilded bronzes are particularly worked on this piece: floral motifs above the dial, chimeras with the amortization of the 4 feet in console, 4 busts of young women on both sides of the dial ...

The finely crafted dial is composed of enamelled cartridges with Roman and Arabic numerals. It is signed "Fardouelle in Paris". The mechanism also eighteenth (the exhaust was later changed) is also signed.

At the top of the cartel throne Urania, muse presiding over astronomy and astrology.

In frontage an unusual representation: Cephalus and Procris, couple of the Greek mythology (history at the end of the description).

The console is decorated with very important golden bronzes but also an abundance of brass, 4 faces are placed at the corners. It also shows inlays of painted horn, white and silver mother-of-pearl.

Cartel and its mechanism entirely early eighteenth. The original mechanism has been revised by our watchmaker and works perfectly.


Total height: 160 cm
Cartel height: 105 cm
Width: 50 cm


"Cephalus, the Thessalian prince, son of Deion and Diomed, had married Procris, one of the daughters of Erechtheus, king of Athens, and of remarkable beauty, and inspired a lively passion at Eos (Dawn); In order to detach him from Procris, he urged him to test the fidelity of his wife, for which purpose he introduced himself to her, hidden under a disguise: having succeeded in seducing her, he drove her out of his presence. Procris, ashamed, fled to Crete, where Artemis gave him a dog and a magic javelin, and later Procris returned to his homes as an attractive girl who offered himself the love from Cephalus in exchange for gifts from the goddess, Cephalus accepted and Procris was then recognized.


The two spouses thus reconciled themselves. Jealousy, however, gripped the heart of Procris who thought her husband was joining Eos during his hunting parties. One night she followed him secretly. By mistake she stirred a branch. Thinking that a game was hiding behind the foliage, Cephalus threw his javelin and pierced the body of his dear Procris; desperate by this death, he killed himself with the same javelin. "
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