L. XVI OEIL DE BOEUF Signed Le Coeur l’ainé Circa 1790 France

Oeil de boeuf & Cartel clocks


Signed Le Coeur l’ainé
Circa 1790

The eight-day, spring-driven brass movement of this clock is constructed between circular plates and has going and striking train. It has anchor escapement and short silk-suspended pendulum. The striking train strikes on request the hours and quarters . The movement has an alarm.

The circular white enamel dial has a chapter ring with Roman hour, Arabic five-minute and minute divisions. The dial is protected by a glass set in an engine-turned bezel with a pearl string. The time is indicated by a fine pair of pierced gilt-brass hands. The clock is wound from the front. The maker has signed the clock Le Coeur l’ainé.

The circular ormolu case is embellished by leaf ornaments, the upper one being surmounted by a bow and suspension ring, the lower one with acanthus leaves. There is a pearl string around the outer edge. The backdoor gives access to the pendulum.

Duration: 1 week

Diameter 24 cm
Depth 11 cm.

Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, blz. 134

Le Coeur L’aine was born in Paris. He worked on the Rue de la Verrerie in Paris at the end of the 18th century. He was the oldest son of clockmaker Edme Coeur. He became a master clockmaker in 1781.


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