L. XV MANTLE CLOCK Gudin A Paris Ca. 1745 France

Mantel clocks


Signed: Gudin A Paris
Circa 1745

The clock has a spring-driven brass plated movement consisting of a going train and pull repeat. The going train has verge escapement with a short silk-suspended pendulum. The striking is activated by pulling a cord and indicates the hours and the quarters on a bell. The movement can be regulated with a watch key on the square of the regulation arbor above the XII.

The circular white enamel dial has a chapter ring with blue Roman hour numerals with half-hour, black Arabic five-minute and minute divisions. The winding hole is situated near the VI. The time is indicated by a fine pair of period pierced and engraved gilt brass hands. The maker has signed the clock in the middle of the dial GUDIN A PARIS. The dial is protected by a convex glass set in a gilt brass bezel.

The elaborately embellished rococo firegilt brass case is typically asymmetrically shaped and adorned with ornaments with floral and leaf motifs. The clock rests on four firegilt feet, which are integral parts of the case.

Duration 1 week

Height 34 cm.
Width 17 cm.
Depth 10 cm.

*Price on request

Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 279.

The maker
Jacques-Jérome Gudin, son of master clockmaker Jacques Gudin. He became master in 1750 and died in 1784. Quai des Orfèvres, Paris. Lazare Duvaux, juweler of L.XV was seller of his clocks.

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