The large dial is porcelain enamel on copper with beautifully cut gilt hands. It is signed in homage to the 18th century clockmaker Hardel of Paris. The bezel is fitted with convex glass.
The French movement is of high quality and is by Planchon of Paris. It is in excellent clean and running condition having been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. Pendulum is a 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 hardly any wear or discolouration. The lacquer is also in lovely condition with an old craquelure, marks, discolouration and losses to the edges that only add to the antique character of the clock. The dial is excellent with no damage.
Mathieu Planchon is listed in Tardy, Dictionnaire Des Horloges Francais. Mathieu Planchon apprenticed with his father, He made his tour of France in 1862. In 1865, he was with Robert-Houdin, rue de Choiseul; in 1868, at Philippe's, Quai des Morfonds, the collection of which he acquired in 1870. Rue Vieille du Temple, 1880. In 1890, he was established in the Galerie Montpensier, at the Palais Royal.
Vernis Martin is a lacquer style developed in the 18th century France by the Martin brothers Etienne-Simon, Guillaume, Julien,
and Robert. The style was used to decorate bride fans, snuffboxes, and
furniture. In 1710, Guillaume, the eldest, had teamed up with his brothers to
open a lacquer studio in Paris.
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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