The Porcelain is decorated with a pompadour rose pink background, the panel below the dial is delicately painted with a scene of a young couple in a country setting. Below this is a panel of floral swags. The porcelain dial shows a lovely depiction of cupid with his arrow with rose pink ground and turquois half hour 'jewel' markers. Above the dial is a porcelain urn with ormolu handles and a pineapple finial. To the sides are floral swags and goddess masks. Please note that this style of clock does not have a glazed bezel over the dial or a rear door. The clock comes with its original gesso base.
The French movement is of high quality and is by Japy Freres. It is in excellent clean and running condition having been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. Pendulum is original. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. Click the video 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 just some slight wear in places. The dial is also in excellent condition just some tiny nibbles next to the winding holes. Porcelain is in excellent condition with some very occasional and slight wear to the over-glaze gilt decoration. The half hour jewel marks on the dial are all present. We have recovered the gesso base with fresh fabric and one foot on the base has been replaced.
Richard et Cie was founded in Paris in 1848 (as Lemaitre & Bergnann), adding a London branch at 24 Cannon Street in 1867 which traded as Richard & Co. They advertised as offering “French antique clocks and carriage clocks (own make)” – going out of their way to stress “All Own Made Goods are of Guaranteed Quality and bear our Trade Mark”. The London business lasted until 1881 with the Paris workshop based at Rue Bondy continuing on until the beginning of the 20th Century.
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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