TABLE CLOCK Gille Martinot AParis, ca. 1710
Signed: Gille Martinot AParis
Brass plated movement consisting of going train and pull quarter repeat. The going train has verge escapement with a short silk-suspended pendulum between cycloidal cheeks. The quarter striking is activated by pulling a cord and sounds the hours and quarters on a bell.
The clock has a rectangular firegilt dial plate with a circular fire gilt dial containing twelve enamel cartouches with blue Roman hour numerals. They are surrounded by an Arabic minute track. The centre is embellished by decorative scroll motifs in relief. The time is indicated by a fine pair of blued steel hands, the hour hand with a lily motif. The winding hole is situated above the VI. There is a white enamel cartouche with the blue enamel signature of the maker Gille Martinot AParis.
The front of oak case, as well as the base is covered with firegilt brass. It has gilt cast brass mouldings all around. There are rectangular windows to the sides with moulded firegilt brass frames. The case is surmounted by a separate firegilt brass dome, which is embellished by decorative motifs, the bottom edge being pierced depicting leaf motifs. The dome in its turn is surmounted by a firegilt brass carrying handle. The dial is protected by a glazed door. The case rests on four bun feet.
Duration 1 week.
Height 35 cm.
Width 16.5 cm.
Depth 11.5 cm.
Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 444.
Gilles Martinot was born in Paris in 1658, the son Balthazar Martinot, also a well-known clock maker. He died in 1726.