OEIL DE BOEUF Circa 1870 France

Wall clocks


Circa 1870

Spring-driven eight-day brass movement between plates consisting of going and striking trains. The going train has an anchor escapement with a short pendulum. The striking is regulated by an outside count wheel and indicates the hours fully and the half hours by a single stroke on a bell. The movement is wound from the front with a winding key.

The white enamel dial has a Roman chapter ring with five-minute and minute divisions. The winding holes are situated near the IIII and the VIII. The time is indicated by a pair of blued-steel ‘Breguet’ hands.

The japanned red painted circular metal case is embellished by a Japanese figures in relief depicted in gold leaf. The side of the case is ribbed. The dial is protected by a glazed moulded engine-turned gilt brass bezel. The case is surmounted by a shaped gilt-brass ball with a suspension ring.

Duration: 1 week
Diameter: 45 cm.

*Price € 5200

Oeil-de-boeuf (lit. cow’s eye):
This name for a certain type of wall clock is derived from the round or oval windows which were used in Versailles in the Louis XIV period. They are wall clocks with a circular, oval or angled form in a great number of varieties, often with a moulded surround. The glass protecting the dial gives the impression of a cow’s eye.


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