The gilding is in lovely original condition with a colour and finish that can only be achieved with mercury gilding. It is well finished with polished highlights. The bronze is beautifully light in design with a fine crispness. Porcelain is signed to the reverse and the clocks sits upon its original gesso base.
The French movement is superb quality and is by the renown maker Jean-Baptiste Delettrez. His mark is on the movement pendulum and on the bezel. It is a large plate version of the Pendule d'Paris movement with Brocot Pin-pallet escapement and rack strike. It is in excellent clean and running condition. Pendulum is original. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. Click the video clip below to hear the bell and watch the clock running.
Condition of the case is
excellent, the original gilding is beautifully clean and bright with hardly any
wear or discolouration, just some loss to the rear of the case where less gold
was originally applied. The porcelain is in excellent condition including the
overglaze gilt decoration. The underside of the urn has some cracks which have
been previously repaired. We have replaced the fabric on the base.
Jean-Baptiste Delettrez (1816-1887) was a renowned 19th-century French clockmaker. He is listed as working in Tardy Dictionnaire des Horlogers at Rue de Berry au Marais in 1850.
Delettrez and Achille Brocot, son of the respected clockmaker Louis-Gabriel Brocot, established a clockmaking company in Paris. The firm was awarded a 1st class prize at the Paris World Exposition of 1857. This innovative and fruitful partnership continued until the death of Brocot fils in 1878 after which event Delettrez continued on his own. These elegant and much-admired timepieces were typically made to order for retailers, including several in Britain, with dials carrying the name of the retailer rather than that of their maker, but whose mechanism was stamped with the cartouche (JBD). He married his cousin Caroline Delettrez in Paris on 2 April 1845. They had two sons, Louis and Jules, both of whom later carried on the family tradition of metalworking, the former as a manufacturer of bronze objects d'art and the latter as a goldsmith.
Retailers mark on the movement backplate and on the dial
Complete with original pendulum, bell and a suitable key. Full setting up instructions supplied if required.
About us - All of our clocks are original antiques, we source most of our clocks in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. We prefer to buy our clocks in original 'dirty' condition. We then clean the cases using a technique we have developed over many years. We employ two qualified clockmakers who overhaul the movements. Movements are thoroughly tested until we are satisfied that they will run trouble free.
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