July 14, 2022 10:00 EST

The Gilded Age

 
  Lot 51
 
Lot 51 - A Large Continental Patinated and Gilt Bronze Figural Mantle Clock

51

A Large Continental Patinated and Gilt Bronze Figural Mantle Clock
late 19th century

In the Orientalist manner, the face and mechanism unsigned.

H: 20 1/2, W: 16, D: 6 in.

Provenance

Gordon, Converse & Co., Strafford, PA, 1985 (per label).
The Charles J. McManus Jr. Collection.
Thence by descent.

Charles J. McManus Jr. (1922-2011) was noted interior designer and a passionate collector of antiques with a particular interest in the unusual and unexpected. As an interior designer, McManus worked on several important commissions in his birthplace of Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Club and the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. He acquired pieces for his own collection during his extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where he owned a former sugar plantation in Antigua. His style of entertainment was widely admired as he hosted elaborate parties in his home, the former French Consulate in Philadelphia. The New York Times Magazine detailed one such cocktail party, and McManus described his goal for his collection as: “creating a mood, a feeling of warmth and otherworldliness,” for others to enjoy.

Sold for $945
Estimated at $1,500 - $2,500


 

In the Orientalist manner, the face and mechanism unsigned.

Provenance

Gordon, Converse & Co., Strafford, PA, 1985 (per label).
The Charles J. McManus Jr. Collection.
Thence by descent.

Charles J. McManus Jr. (1922-2011) was noted interior designer and a passionate collector of antiques with a particular interest in the unusual and unexpected. As an interior designer, McManus worked on several important commissions in his birthplace of Philadelphia, including the Philadelphia Club and the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. He acquired pieces for his own collection during his extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where he owned a former sugar plantation in Antigua. His style of entertainment was widely admired as he hosted elaborate parties in his home, the former French Consulate in Philadelphia. The New York Times Magazine detailed one such cocktail party, and McManus described his goal for his collection as: “creating a mood, a feeling of warmth and otherworldliness,” for others to enjoy.

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