LANTERN CLOCK A. Turet AParis Ca. 1700 France
Signed: A. Turet AParis
This lovely weight-driven miniature lantern clock has a movement constructed between vertical bars, the going train in front of the alarm. The going train has a verge escapement with a short pendulum.
The engraved brass dial plate has a Roman chapter ring with half hour markers in the shape of an arrow and quarter divisions on the inside. The time is indicated by a single pierced blued-steel hand. Behind the hand is an Arabic alarm disc. The maker has signed the clock below the middle of the dial A. Turet AParis. Above the middle the dial is embellished by engravings.
The brass case has the classical shape of a lantern clock with two doors on the sides. The corner pillars are turned in one piece, which is common for French lantern clocks. The tops end in shaped finials whilst at the bottom there are drop finials. Between the finials there are pierced and engraved frets. The bell is mounted in a bell strap which is attached to the tops of the finials and is surmounted by a similarly shaped finial.
Duration 12 hours
Height 20 cm.
Width 9 cm.
Depth 12 cm.
Tardy, Dictionaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 134.