BRACKET CLOCK Thuret AParis Ca. 1720 France
Signed Thuret AParis
The eight-day spring-driven movement is constructed between waisted brass plates and has verge escapement with a short pendulum. In addition it has pull quarter repeat on a bell, the hours with one strike and the quarters with two strikes. The back plate is signed Thuret AParis.
The ormolu dial has thirteen enamelled cartouches, twelve of which have blue Roman hour numerals, surrounded by an Arabic five-minute ring. The time is indicated by a period pair of blued-steel hands. There is a small hole in the XII cartouche, which give access to the rise-and-fall regulation, which is connected to the silk-suspended pendulum. Below the chapter ring is a white enamel signature cartouche: Thuret.
The waisted, green-stained horn-veneered oak case rests on a similarly executed bracket. Case and bracket are embellished with brass and ebony line inlays as well as ormolu cast brass ornaments, showing leaf and vine motifs. The dial is protected by a waisted glazed door with a gilt-brass frame. There are glazed windows to the sides, whilst the case is surmounted by a female head, set in an acanthus leaf and scroll surround with a flame finial on top.
Duration 8 days
Height 45 cm.
Width 20 cm.
Depth 11 cm.
Literature: J.-D. Augarde, Les Ouvriers du Temps, Antiquorum, 1996, p. 402;
Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 614.
The maker, Jacques-Augustin Thuret, son of Isaac Thuret, was born in 1669. He was established in the Galeries du Louvre in Paris and became Horloger du Roi in 1694. When he was 35 he married Louise Bérain (1694). He was also active in Amsterdam around 1700. He died in 1739. There are clocks by his hand in various museums, such as the Wallace Collection, London, Historisches Museum Basel, Musée national des Techniques Paris.