EMPIRE MANTLE CLOCK Vaillant A Paris Ca. 1800 France
EMPIRE MANTLE CLOCK
Signed: Vaillant A Paris
The spring-driven brass plated movement consists going and striking trains. The going train has anchor escapement with a short pendulum. The striking is regulated by an outside count wheel and indicates the hour fully and the half hours with one stroke on a bell, which is mounted on the backplate.
The clock has a circular white enamel dial with a Roman chapter ring with Arabic quarter-hour, five-minute and minute divisions. There are two winding holes, symmetrically positioned near the IIII and the VIII. The dial is signed below the middle VAILLANT A PARIS. The time is indicated by a fine pair of pierced and engraved firegilt brass hands. The date is indicated by a blued steel pointer. The dial is surrounded by an engine-turned firegilt brass bezel.
The patinated bronze case has the shape of a column on a shaped firegilt brass. The column is embellished by a winding firegilt brass grapevine. The back has a hinged hatch, which gives access to the movement. The whole rests on a square firegilt brass base.
Duration 1 week
Height 40 cm
Width 16 cm
Depth 16 cm
Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 625.
Vaillant was active as a clockmaker in Paris around 1800, first in the Rue de la Tixeranderie. Later, from 1812 until 1817, he was established in the Rue de la Verrerie. He signed his clocks with Vaillant A Paris.