(b. Liège 1749, d. Paris 1791)
A large Louis XVI lyre gilt bronze and white marble mantel clock. Signed 'Sotiau à Paris'. Late 18th century. H. 56 cm. W. 29 cm. D. 12 cm.
Sotiau was a talented clockmaker in Paris and became a master in 1782. He acquired his clock cases from the best and most skillful artisans, often working with the bronze casters Pierre-Philippe Thomire and François Rémond. The excellent quality of his work won him the coveted title of “Horloger de Monseigneur le Dauphin” (the Dauphin being the elder son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette).
Today Sotiau’s clocks may be found in the most important international collections, such as the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, the Frick Collection in New York, the Huntington Collection in San Marino and the Musée national du Château de Versailles, as well as the British and Spanish Royal Collections.