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278a – cloche temple bronze turquoise pierre oeil tigre rubis Inde du Nord XVIII bell
Superbe cloche de temple en bronze incrustée de turquoise et de pierre oeil de tigre et éclats de rubis. Inde du Nord, XVIII-XIX ème siècle. Très belle patine. Dimensions : 10.8 cm.

bronze temple bell turquoise tiger eye stone ruby North India XVIII century
Superb bronze temple bell inlaid with turquoise and tiger eye stones and ruby chips. North India, 18-19th century. Beautiful patina. Dimensions: 10.8 cm high.

The inset stones are called cabochons. The larger ones are crimped into place. The smaller ones are glued in, and are frequently missing. I would date the bell from 20C.

Wikipedia: A cabochon from the Middle French caboche (head), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. The resulting form is usually a convex (rounded) obverse with a flat reverse. Cutting en cabochon (French, in the manner of a cabochon) is usually applied to opaque gems, while faceting is usually applied to transparent stones.



278b – ANCIENNE SONNETTE DE TABLE XIXème métal doré martelé ajouré ~ antic service bell
En métal doré ( cuivre ou laiton ) ajouré a décor martelé
ÉPOQUE 19ème
hauteur . env. 8 cm

TABLE XIX C OLD BELL gold metal hammered openwork ~ antique Service bell
Gold metal (copper or brass) has openwork hammered decoration
PERIOD of 19th C
height. approx. 8 cm

This twist type mechanical bell may also have had cabochons at one time, but those are now missing.



278c – Rare sonnette de table ou de comptoir d’hôtel XIXème Napoléon III Cloche

Très rare sonnette de table ou de comptoir à mécanisme quart de tour d’époque Napoléon III.
Socle en marbre noir et bronze.
La poignée de manipulation est une statuette de putti versant une cruche.
Pour actionner la sonnette, il suffit de tourner le putti d’un quart de tour dans le sens des aiguilles d’une montre. On obtient alors un son clair et puissant.
La cloche est en bronze. Elle semble avoir été nickelée.
La statuette est moulée dans un métal lourd dont je n’ai pas déterminé la nature; Peut-être s’agit-il d’un alliage d’étain. La finition est réalisée par une superbe patine légèrement brunie.
Il s’agit d’une pièce exceptionnelle, d’un superbe témoin du goût raffiné de cette époque de luxe.
Exceptionnelle également par la qualité de sa conservation en parfait état.
Dimensions : hauteur hors tout d’environ 17 cm. diamètre du socle marbre : 10,2 cm
Poids brut : 790 grammes environ sans emballage.

Rare table or hotel/counter bell, XIX C, era of Napoleon III
Very rare table/counter bell or quarter turn mechanism of Napoleon III era.
Black marble base and bronze.
The operating handle is a statuette of a putto pouring a pitcher.
To activate the bell, just turn the putto a quarter turn clockwise around the table. This gives a clear and powerful ring.
The bell is bronze. It seems to have been nickel plated.
The statue is molded into a heavy metal which I have not determined the nature; Maybe is it a tin alloy. The finish is achieved by a beautiful patina lightly browned.
This is an exceptional piece, a beautiful witness of refined taste of this luxury era.
Also exceptional for the quality of its preservation in perfect condition.
Dimensions: overall height of about 17 cm. marble base diameter 10.2 cm
Gross weight: 790 grams approximately unpacked.

As the seller mentions, the figure is probably spelter – a zinc/lead alloy. It melts at a low temperature, but is rather soft, and the details are not very precise.



278d – A Superb Quality Austrian Cold Painted Bronze Cobbler Bell Push
In Perfect Condition
8 x 7 x 5 cm
Circa 1900



278e – A Superb Quality French Gilt Bronze Bell Push Signed Le Clerget
In Great Condition
10 cm
Circa 1890

Even though this one did not sell, it is worth looking at. A bell from a listed Art Nouveau sculptor is always highly desirable. However, I have no idea how the bell push is mounted or operated.

The sculptor should be “A Clerget”, not “Le Clerget”.
Born in Saint-Palais, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, the south-western department of France, Alexandre Clerget (1856 – 1931) was a student of the sculptor Alexandre Falguiere (Paris, 1831-1900). He exhibited at the Salon from 1889 to 1924, executing a wealth of bust sculptures in bronze and plaster, exhibiting numerous bronze sculptures starting in 1902. Most of his works were cast by founder Siot-Decauville, one of the most active founders and retailers of Art Nouveau bronze works during the early 20th Century.