HAGUE CLOCK Jean Garnault A la Haye Ca. 1690 The Netherlands
Signed: Jean Garnault A la Haye
The movement has going and striking trains, driven by a single barrel. The going train has verge escapement, with short, silk suspended pendulum between cycloidal cheeks. The striking mechanism has a gilt countwheel with finely engraved florals, with hour and half-hour strike on a bell mounted on the top of the case, behind an arched, moulded pediment. The backplate is signed Jean Garnault A la Haye.
The dark blue-velvet covered dial can be turned outwards on hinges to the left. It has a skeletonised gilded brass chapter ring with Roman hour numerals, half-hour, quarter and Arabic minute divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of pierced gilded brass hands. Under the dial is an elaborate skeletonised signature Jean Garnault A la Haye.
The broken-arch case is made of ebony-veneered pine and is partly veneered with tortoise-shell. In the broken arch there is a bronze figure. The glazed front door is flanked by pillars, whilst the sides have glazed rectangular panels with moulded frames. Upon turning the dial, a star-inlay in the back board is revealed. At the rear side of the top of the case there are two suspensions eyes, making the clock both a table and a wall clock. The whole rests on four ball feet, to prevent the clock from tipping over when the door is opened.
Duration 1 week
Height 38,5 cm.
Width 27,5 cm.
Depth 13 cm
– H.M. Vehmeyer, Clocks, their origin and development 1320-1880, pp. 374-375, 966
– Dr. R. Plomp, Spring-driven Dutch Pendulum Clocks, 1657-1710, Schiedam, p. 131.
Jean Garnault can be assumed to be a French refugee. The French church in The Hague supported him in 1687 and 1688.