OEIL DE BOEUF Bouchet AParis Ca. 1780 France
Signed: Bouchet A Paris
The eight-day, spring-driven brass movement of this bedroom clock has circular plates with a going train only. It has anchor escapement and short silk-suspended pendulum. In addition, the movement has pull-quarter repeat on two bells, activated by pulling a chord. There is a second chord that can be pulled, which activates an alarm.
The circular white enamel dial has an Arabic chapter ring with Arabic quarter-hour, 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. There is also a blued-steel pointer which can be used to set the alarm time on the chapter ring. The clock is wound from the front. Above the XII is a square for regulating the going train. The maker has signed the clock: Bouchet AParis
The circular bronzed-brass case is embellished by leaf and berry ornaments, the upper one being surmounted by a bow and suspension ring. There is a pearl string around the outer edge. The backdoor gives access to the pendulum.
Duration 8 days
Diameter 22.5 cm
Depth 14 cm
The term Oeil de boeuf (lit ‘bull’s eye’) as a name for a certain type of wall clock is derived from the circular or oval windows which were in use during the reign of Louis XIV in Versailles. The clocks are usually round, oval or angular shaped in all kinds of variations, often with a wavy edge. The movements are invariably spring-driven with a short pendulum, with and without striking as is the case here.